Algeria has withdrawn its bids to host the Africa Cup of Nations in either 2025 or 2027, according to a statement from the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).
This decision was communicated to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) just a day before the official host nation announcements for these tournaments.
In the 2025 bid, Algeria was in competition with Morocco, Zambia, and a combined Nigeria-Benin bid. For the 2027 contest, Algeria was up against Botswana, Egypt, Senegal, and a combined Kenya-Tanzania-Uganda challenge.
The FAF explained that this withdrawal was driven by a new approach related to its football development strategy in Algeria. Notably, this announcement coincided with the inauguration of a new FAF president, Walid Sadi.
Algeria, like Morocco, had a preference for hosting the 2025 AFCON. Earlier, there was a statement by Moroccan and CAF official Fouzi Lekjaa suggesting that Morocco would be chosen for the 2025 edition.
It’s worth noting that Algeria had previously successfully hosted the African Nations Championship at the start of the year, a competition for domestically-based players only.
The host nations for the 2025 and 2027 Africa Cup of Nations will be revealed by CAF’s executive committee during their meeting in Cairo, scheduled for Wednesday. The upcoming AFCON will be held in the Ivory Coast in January and February 2024, after being postponed from June and July to avoid the West African rainy season.
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