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Tuesday, 26 September 2023 08:41

Nigeria Intensifies Lobby To Host AFCON 2025 As Minister Jets Out To Egypt

The minister of sports development, Senator John Owan Enoh, will be attending the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt, as Nigeria intensifies its bid to host the 2025 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

Nigeria and Republic of Benin submitted a joint bid to host the AFCON 2025 after CAF stripped Guinea rights to stage the event.


The Sports Minister and the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be attending the meeting as representatives of the federal government of Nigeria.

According to a press statement released on Tuesday by the minister’s media office and signed by Kola Daniel, Nigeria’s delegation will make presentation to CAF’s executive committee during their meeting in Cairo, Egypt.

All countries, who submitted bids to host the AFCON tournament in 2025 and 2027 respectively are expected to attend the meeting during which the independent assessment committee of CAF will submit their reports for assessment and discussions by CAF Exco.

The CAF’s inspection team had previously visited Nigeria to assess facilities at different proposed host venues around the country.


The Nigerian delegation includes the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar; president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau; general secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, and bid coordinator, Mallam Mainasara Ilo.

Nigeria will make a 10-minute presentation to the CAF’s executive committee and, thereafter, will be allocated time to answer questions from its presentation.


The meeting will hold on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.


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