Nigeria and Benin Republic’s joint bid to host the 2025 African Cup of Nations is being seriously considered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), according to an anonymous source at the organization’s headquarters.
The bid’s main rival is Morocco, which has a strong reputation for hosting international events and has impressed CAF with its facilities and development plans. CAF officials visited Nigeria in early April and were impressed by the state of the facilities but are seeking assurances from the government on some issues before making a final decision.
The successful bid was originally scheduled to be named on February 10, 2023, but the announcement has been postponed until later this year. Meanwhile, CAF has released a list of six countries bidding to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, which includes Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, and a joint bid by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The winning bid will be announced later this year after stadium and facilities inspectors visit the bidding countries from June 1 to 15.