LAGOS (NIGERIA), The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced that Morocco has replaced Kenya as the hosts of 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
CAF’s Emergency Committee chaired by president Ahmad Ahmad, met on Saturday in Lagos, Nigeria, and unanimously decided to grant the organization of the fifth edition of Africa second tier’s football competition to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
The cities of Casablanca, Agadir, Marakech and Tangier have been selected to host the biannual tournament.
Kenya was stripped of the hosting rights after failing to provide facilities vital for the competition, notably the stadia as promised in the beginning of the year and despite having numerous chances to make things right, there was no political will to make the competition a success and most of the process went dragged on as Goal.com reports.
The candidacy of Morocco was preferred to that of Equatorial Guinea, another country that had submitted a valid application.
The Ethiopian Football Federation which had also expressed its willingness to host the tournament, did not provide the government’s letter of guarantee, which is a mandatory document required as per CAF’s rules of application.
Next year’s competition is set for Jan 12-Feb 4 and will bring together 16 national teams composed exclusively of players playing in the national championships of their respective countries.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK