Three countries contest to host CHAN 2018

Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

It was revealed this week that Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco are to contest the reassigned hosting rights to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that the 16-team CHAN which is for locally-based players only was scheduled to take place in Kenya from 12th January to 4th February.

However, CAF last month stripped the hosting rights from Kenya with only one of the four venues said to be ready for the tournament. CAF also reported concern over the political situation in the country.

CAF then opened a new bidding process for the 2018 CHAN. Applications have been accepted through to Saturday. Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco have come forward for the hosting rights. And a decision expected to be made at the weekend by CAF. None of the three applicants have previously hosted the CHAN. CHAN was formed in 2009 and the DR Congo is the reigning champion having defeated Mali 3-0 in the final of the 2016 tournament held in Rwanda.

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