Ethiopia plans to bid 2025 AFCON hosting

Ethiopia says it will bid for hosting of 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as finals for 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023 has already been decided for Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast and Guinea 2023 respectively.

This came to light after meetings between Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) president, Juneidi Basha and CAF Secretary General, Hicham Al Amrani in Addis.

In 2014, Ethiopia dropped out of the race to replace war-ravaged Libya as 2017 hosts with Gabon landing the honors. Ghana, Mali, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Algeria were also in contention.

Ethiopia, the 2020 CHAN host, last staged AFCON in 1976, and is the only East African nation to have achieved the feat after Kenya pulled out of hosting the 1996 edition due to financial challenges.

Cameroon will host the next AFCON in 2019 after Gabon 2017, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.

There are speculations that Ethiopia has already finished building four international stadiums in Mekele, Bahirdar, Woldia and Hawassa.

Also, a 60,000 seater capacity stadium in Addis Ababa is under construction with additional stadiums in Harar, Nekmete, Adama, Jimma and Asosa, all in Ethiopia.

 

Aisha JM