Soccer News of Friday, 27 February 2015
A member of Ghana’s bid committee for the 2017 AFCON Lepowura MND Jawula says the country is favourite to win the hosting rights for the tournament.
Ghana is in the race together with Algeria and Gabon, who co-hosted the tournament in 2012 with Equatorial Guinea, after Egypt withdrew from their bid.
CAF will announce the hosts for the next tournament in April to replace Libya who relinquished their hosting rights due to the political instability in the North African country.
Jawula is optimistic Ghana hold the aces to be handed the tournament. “Egypt actually didn’t really constitute a threat because of aspects of political instability, to host the Nations Cup your country must be politically stable,” Jawula told Joy FM.
“Against Algeria, I think they will not be able to take the competition away from us because they have their own problems in the North African sector and the fact that a number of North African countries have pulled out so many times will not give CAF the confidence to give the competition to another North African country.
“If you put us against Gabon, what I can say is that it will not be realistic to give the competition to Central African countries three in a row.
“There are so many things that will work for us so I’m optimistic we will win the bid to host the competition
Ghana last hosted the Nations Cup in 2008 when they finished third.