Ghana To Bid For 2017 AFCON

mahama ayariga 1_3Ghana will bid for the hosting rights to AFCON 2017.

In an exclusive interview the minister of Youth and Sports,Mahama Ayariga revealed the time was right for Ghana to host the rest of Africa again after it last hosted in 2008.

“Ghana has the infrastructure and we are looking to add to it.We have the stadium in Cape Coast and are going to construct a few more in other regions.

Our people love football and are hospitable. The transportation network within Ghana both by road and air is also in good shape” the minister revealed .

With an ailing economy that is yet to recover,the Minister was quick to dispel fears of inadequate budget to stage the evemt.

“I have held consultations with the organisers of the event in 2008,that was led by Rex Danquah and they explained the cost was high because the country had to build new stadia.

With our new bid we basically have to improve the existing sub structures.”

“You also know that that CAF will provide some facility to help with the staging of the event whilst corporate sponsors and media rights will also go a long way to help us stage a great tournament if our bid is accepted.”

Ghana joins Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania as those who’ve tabled bids to host AFCON 2017.

Morrocco will  host of the AFCON in 2015.

Libya withdrew from hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday after meeting CAF chiefs in Cairo resulting in CAF inviting Ghana and other African countries to host the event.

“I am happy to announce that Ghana will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations,” Ayariga tweeted last Tuesday after consultation with government and the Ghana Football Association.

By Seth Osabukle

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