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Algeria to Bid For AFCON 2025


FILE: Senegal's Edouard Mendy celebrates with the goalkeeper of the tournament award after the Africa Cup of Nations final, Yaounde, Cameroon. Taken February 6, 2022

Algeria has submitted a bid to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, its football federation said Friday, after Guinea was stripped of the tournament as its infrastructure is not ready.

Algeria's sports and youth minister said the country's application was "solid and consistent".

"Unlike other bids, Algeria has facilities that are already operational," Abderezzak Sebgag told the APS official news agency.

Algeria had already said in early October that it would bid to host the cup, days after Guinea's President Patrice Motsepe said the country had been stripped of the task.

"I am currently in Cairo and I have just officially submitted Algeria's application" to host the tournament, Algerian Football Federation (FAF) spokesman Salah Bey Aboud told public radio station Chaine 3.

CAF will inspect facilities in January before announcing a final decision the following month.

The Cairo-based Confederation of African Football (CAF) has also received bids by Algeria's neighbour and arch-rival Morocco, as well as a joint bid by Nigeria and Benin, he said.