Ex-GFA Boss Backs Ghana To Host 2015 AFCON

EX-GHANA Football Association chairman, Lepowura Alhaji MND Jawula has thrown his weight behind government’s decision to slap in a bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana last hosted the tournament in 2008 and ready to step in for another bite of the cherry after Libya pulled out of hosting the continents biggest sporting festival due to continual civil unrest.

Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has expressed optimism towards Ghana’s chances of winning the rights due to the availability of stadia and other required infrastructure which were constructed to host the competition six years ago.

Alhaji Jawula has lauded the decision of government.

“I feel it’s a good decision and another opportunity to exhibit our cultural and our passion to the entire continent,” Jawula revealed.

“We hosted it in 2008 and it would be in our advantage when it comes to infrastructure and other requirement.

“It’s a very good decision.”

The next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Morocco from the 17 January to the 8 February 2015.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has expressed confidence in Ghana’s chances at winning the hosting rights to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana revealed her intention to bid for the tournament which became suddenly available after Libya ceded its rights to host the 2017 edition due to raging civil unrest.

Ghana only hosted the tournament in 2008, meaning they will be hosting Africa’s flagship competition within the ninth year of staging its last if it wins the 2017 bid.

Some however have doubts over Ghana’s chances of winning the bid which will definitely be highly competitive with other countries expected to reveal their interest.

But Sports Minister believes Ghana’s unique positioning as a giant of African football will scare away any competition.

“Once other countries interested in hosting the Nations Cup hear that Ghana is bidding, they will think twice before also doing same,” he told Happy FM.

“This is because Ghana is a giant in African football and a favourites also.”

The next edition of the Nations Cup will be hosted early next year by Morocco.

South Africa hosted the inaugural edition in the competition’s new format in 2013.

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