By Taofeek Lawal
Ghana have declared their interest to bid for the 2017 edition of Africa Cup of Nations after Libya pulled out. The West African nation joins Kenya and Tanzania as countries willing to host the 2017 Nations Cup following Libya’s withdrawal. The North African country is no longer interested in hosting the 2017 Afcon due to the unstable security situation in the country.
Ghana Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga disclosed the West African nation’s interest to bid for the hosting right of the tournament at a public event to honour past footballers. Ghana last hosted the continent’s top-flight football competition in 2008. CAF has opened applications until Tuesday, September 30, 2014. “In addition to the government guarantee, and considering the limited time left for the organisation of the 2017 edition, the CAF Executive Committee will select a host country whose dossier guarantees that accommodation, transportation and hotels facilities, as well as training sites and stadiums already exist. “The designation of the host country will be made at a meeting of the Executive Committee in 2015,” a CAF statement read. Ghana have won the African trophy four times the last time being 1982.