Algeria Withdraws Bid to Host 2025 AFCON Just Before Voting
In a dramatic turn of events, Algeria has abruptly withdrawn its bid to host the 2025 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON), delivering the surprising news less than 24 hours before the crucial voting to determine the hosts for both the 2025 and 2027 editions of the tournament.
New Approach to Football Development Strategy
The announcement came on Tuesday, September 26, via a televised statement by Walid Sadi, the recently-elected president of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).
Sadi cited a “new approach to the football development strategy in Algeria” as the rationale behind this unexpected decision.
FAF’s Shift in Focus
The FAF expanded on its decision, expressing its intention to redirect its efforts towards the comprehensive reorganization and rejuvenation of football within Algeria.
This strategic pivot underscores Algeria’s commitment to strengthening its domestic football landscape.
AFCON Hosting Carousel
It is noteworthy that Guinea had originally been selected to host the 2025 edition of AFCON.
However, in October 2022, Guinea forfeited the hosting rights due to infrastructure and facilities challenges.
Contenders for 2025 and 2027 AFCON Hosting
As the final decision looms, the contenders for the 2025 AFCON hosting rights include a joint bid from Nigeria and Benin, Zambia, and Morocco.
For the 2027 AFCON hosting, potential hosts include Senegal, Egypt, Botswana, and a collaborative East African proposal featuring Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Favorites and Speculations
Senegal, the reigning AFCON champions, emerge as the clear favorites to secure the hosting rights for the 2027 AFCON.
Additionally, there is mounting anticipation that Morocco may step in to take Guinea’s place in the 2025 tournament, further adding intrigue to the unfolding AFCON hosting saga.
As the Confederation of African Football gathers in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday, September 27, for the decisive vote, the dynamics of AFCON hosting remain fluid and unpredictable.