Nigeria loses joint bid to host 2027 AFCON

Posted : 27 September 2023
Nigeria’s bid to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations with Benin Republic has been dashed.

This follows the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to award the rights to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) made the announcement at the end of its executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

Recall that Nigeria has put forward the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja; Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt; Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos; Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna; Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba; Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City and; Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano. In the Republic of Benin, the Stade Mathieu Kerekou in Cotonou and the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo are listed as venue for the 2027 AFCON

Nigeria hosted and won the 12th edition of the AFCON in 1980 and then co-hosted the 22nd finals with Ghana in 2000.

Nigeria on Tuesday puts up a powerful contingent which included, the Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ismaila Abubakar; President of NFF, Ibrahim Musa Gusau; General Secretary of NFF, Mohammed Sanusi and; Project Coordinator, Mainasara Illo for the Cairo lobby to host.

However Nigeria failed in both bids as Morocco also won the right to stage the 2025 edition of the AFCON finals.

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