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Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 19:20 EAT
Confederation of African Football (CAF) will consider giving Zambia chance to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations in the event a guaranteed host backs out. CAF President Issa Hayatou dropped the hint Monday after meeting Zambian President Edgar Lungu in Lusaka. Hayatou was in Lusaka for the 2017 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations finals which Zambia won.
Hayatou said that Zambia had impressed CAF with the manner they had organized the just ended Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia beat Senegal 2-0 to lift the crown.
The CAF President had a meeting with the Zambian Head of State Edgar Lungu and expressed his gratitude at the level of support government had given to the country’s hosting of the tournament. “Zambia met all our requirements; let them start procedure once the bid is open, but if any country fails, we won’t even request for bid, we shall directly give Zambia to host,” Hayatou said.
Hosts for the Africa Cup of Nations have already been lined up to 2023 but some countries have in the recent past withdrawn at the last minute giving an opportunity to standby hosts to step in. President Lungu made it clear that Zambia would jump at any opportunity to host a bigger tournament after the success of the 2017 U-20 tournament. “Zambia has never had a chance to host a senior tournament and the junior tournament was the first, give us a chance to host,” Lungu said.
In Kenya, Football Kenya Federation and other stakeholders are gearing up for the 2018 CHAN tournament, set to kick off in January. The event gives home-based players the chance to showcase their talent, and is restricted to players based at home. It will be the biggest football event Kenya tournament ever hosted.