Ethiopia will bid to play hosts to the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). This was confirmed to supersport.com by the country’s football federation president, Junedin Basha.
After his meeting this week with Caf Secretary General, Hicham Al Amrani, Junedin alluded to the fact they are ready to play hosts to the African football showpiece.
“Yes it’s true we are ready to bid for Afcon 2025 as we have all it takes to host the biggest tournament. We want to compete with other bidders and hopefully we will get the opportunity as we have great sports infrastructure development across the country.
“Everything is ready and as a county we have the full support of the government in our bid for 2025,” Basha told supersport.com.
Al Amrani was in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the upcoming Caf congress, where he will play host, while also checking on the progress of the Caf football academy.
Ethiopia were the hosts for the inaugural Afcon in 1962.
In 2014, Ethiopia dropped out of the race to replace war-ravaged Libya as 2017 hosts, with Gabon landing the honours. Ghana, Mali, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Algeria were also in contention.
Cameroon will play hosts to the Afcon in 2019 after Gabon in 2017, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.