CAF to announce Ghana’s 2017 bid fate in April

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will announce in April this year, if Ghana would be given the nod to host the 2017 Africa, Cup of Nations.

Six other nations including Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe have also applied to host the tournament.

Nominations were opened on August 23, 2014, following the withdrawal of Libya, original host of the 31st edition of the Nations Cup.

According to a statement from CAF, the host country will be decided by the CAF Executive Committee during one of its sessions in April 2015.

Due to the limited time frame for the organisation of the 2017 continental showpiece, the Executive Committee will focus on the host with acceptable infrastructure and facilities required such as stadia, training grounds, accommodation, and communications in making a decision.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga in an interview on Asempa FM Tuesday, confirmed that the GFA is strongly lobbying to host the tournament adding that he is hopeful Ghana would be given the nod ahead of the other nations.

*Ghana’s U-20 team will leave for their pre-tournament, training tour in Turkey on Saturday, February 21.

The team is however expected to engage Nigeria in a two-legged friendly game on Monday and Thursday, before departing for the European country.

Coach Sellas Tetteh’s side qualified for their 11th Cup of Nations appearance, after edging out Gabon in the final phase of the qualifiers.

The team will however, be engaged in series of friendly matches with some Turkish Clubs

Ghana find themselves in a tricky group B with South Africa, Mali and Zambia.

Meanwhile, Government spent about $8,017,099.19 on Ghana’s preparation and participation in the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga revealed that the Ministry spent $4,774,519.19 on preparation and $3,242,580.00 on Ghana’s participation in the AFCON.

The Minister made this revelation when he gave a detailed account of all expenses made by government, during the three-week tournament.

Ghanaians have been demanding a detailed account of how much the country spent on the Black Stars and the technical team, before and during the tournament.

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