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Federal Government Backs Nigeria’s Bid To Host AFCON 2027

Federal Government Backs Nigeria’s Bid To Host AFCON 2027

The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh will be attending the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt, as the nation solidifies its bid to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament for the first time since 1980. Nigeria and the Republic of Benin presented a joint bid to host the tournament.

The Minister and the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) will be attending the meeting as representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

During the meeting, Nigeria will make its presentation to the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African football, (CAF) in Cairo, Egypt.

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Senator Owan Enoh is attending the meeting alongside top members of Nigeria Football Federation.

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All countries who submitted bids to host the AFCON tournament in 2025 and 2027 respectively are expected to attend the meeting during which the Independent Assessment Committee of CAF will submit their reports for assessment and discussions by CAF EXCO.

The CAF team had previously visited Nigeria to assess facilities at different proposed host venues around the nation.

The Nigerian delegation includes the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and bid coordinator, Mallam Mainasara Ilo.

Nigeria will make a ten (10) minute presentation to the CAF EXCO, and thereafter will be allocated time to answer questions from its presentation.

The meeting will hold on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

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  • Chiemeka Nwaogwugwu 2 months ago

    I don’t know what is wrong with CAF! Why can’t they look at the calendar and see that a biennial AFCON is no longer feasible. There’s an AFCON next January, yet they’re thinking of having another one in 2025 and another in 2027, thereby intensifying the club-vs-country row. I have said time without number that the AFCON should now be a quadrennial (every 4 years) event. We can have an African Nations League like UEFA does. That way, the club-vs-country rows will reduce. Another advantage of having a quadrennial AFCON is that it would give the host nations more time to improve their infrastructure and facilities. As for the African Nations Championships (CHAN), it can still be a biennial event since it’s strictly for home-based players. But CAF should start shelving the idea of a biennial AFCON because it’s completely idiotic to have an AFCON in 2024 and another one in 2025. The idea is both stupid and outdated.