Guinea has been barred from 2025 Africa Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe announced in Conakry on Friday that Guinea has been stripped of hosting the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations because the infrastructure is not yet ready.

“We are not ready in Guinea yet… and we should reopen the process,” Motsepe said during a press conference.

According to Motsepe, the CAF decision was made in July.
“I had insisted that that message not be made public – I should come here personally,” he explained.

On Saturday, the CAF executive committee will meet.
This is the continent’s premier sporting event’s latest setback.

CAF awarded Cameroon the 2019 tournament in 2014, Ivory Coast the event in 2021, and Guinea the event in 2023.

Then Egypt replaced Cameroon for 2019, with CAF shifting the calendar, awarding Cameroon the 2021 edition, which was then held this year, and Ivory Coast the 2023 edition.

Guinea then agreed to host the 2025 edition.
Guinea has also suffered a significant setback. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who took power in a coup in September 2021, has stated his firm intention to honor the hosting commitment.

The event was always going to be a major challenge for one of the world’s poorest countries, which lacks both sports facilities and transportation infrastructure.

“Tomorrow, CAF will be asked to receive new bids because the infrastructure and facilities where we are now are not appropriate or ready,” Motsepe added.

According to the Guinean federation’s visit schedule, the CAF president was scheduled to meet with Doumbouya on Friday.

Motsepe’s visit came after a CAF mission to check on the project’s progress in early September.

That trip fueled speculation that CAF would drop Guinea as host or move the competition to 2026 or 2027.

Motsepe will hold a press conference in Algiers on Saturday following a meeting of the CAF executive committee.

Doumbouya took over the old organizing committee in March, after one of its members publicly expressed doubts about the project’s viability.

Doumbouya declared the 2025 African Cup of Nations to be “of national interest and priority.”

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