ADDIS ABABA (HAN) November 21.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. BY: Mamo Gebrehiwot. Ethiopia will bid for hosting of 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This came to light during Tuesday’s meeting between Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) president Juneidi Basha and CAF Secretary General Hicham Al Amrani in Addis.
Hicham was in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the upcoming CAF congress May 16, 2016 which the city hosts and to check on the progress of the long awaited CAF football academy.
“Mr. Juneidi noted they have already finished building four international stadiums in Mekele, Bahirdar, Woldia and Hawassa,” a source close to the meeting told Soka25east.com.
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.