Ghana to the rescue: Ready to host AFCON 2019
London, Dec. 14, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Ghana says it is ready to rescue the Confederation of African Football, CAF from disgrace by hosting the African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019
Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, says Ghana is in good shape to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations if the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will look in the direction of the country as host
The Sports Minister believes the current existing sporting facilities in the country which he claimed “are of international standards” puts Ghana in pole position to host the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations which was striped off Cameroon due to ill-preparedness as well as the political and civil unrest in the country.
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Speaking to the media after inspecting the progress of work at the Youth Resource Center (Koforidua Sports Stadium) in the Eastern Region, Mr. Isaac Asiamah said he was confident Ghana had all the necessary requirements and facilities to host the rest of the continent in 2019.
“We handled a wonderful tournament with the Women’s AFCON,” he said.
“Ghana stands a good chance to host any CAF organised tournament; we are ready. Even if CAF says we should host the Cameroon one, we are ever ready.”
“Maybe they will say we have become too greedy because we just hosted one, but if the chance comes, I can confidently tell you that Ghana is ready,” he said.
Meanwhile, Egypt on Thursday officially signalled its willingness to take over from Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a day before the deadline for candidates.
“The Egyptian football federation (EFA) declares its candidacy to host the 2019 African Nations Cup which is scheduled to take place in June and should have been organised by Cameroon which is not prepared to host it,” it said in a statement on Twitter and Facebook.
Egypt first expressed its interest in hosting the tournament on Wednesday after Morocco – long thought to be interested in standing in for Cameroon – pulled out of contention in a surprise announcement.
The Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament last month, citing delays in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure projects and question marks over security.
The shortlist of countries bidding to host the tournament is expected to be unveiled on December 25.
The 2019 tournament has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time, up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.
Egypt have won the competition a record seven times.