The annual meetings of the Confederation of African Football ended Saturday night in Addis Ababa, with the announcement of three host nations for future AFCON tournaments the highlight of a successful fortnight of gatherings in the Ethiopian capital.
Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea were unveiled as Nations Cup hosts for 2019, 2021 and 2023 respectively at a packed press conference at the AU headquarters.
Both Cameroon and Ivory Coast have hosted the competition previously, in 1972 and 1984 respectively, but Guinea will get to stage Africa’s continental showpiece for the first time ever.
CAF president Issa Hayaotu in revealing the hosts commended the bidding nations and the unity of the African football community in perusing excellence for the continent’s game. The other bidding nations were Zambia, who were in the running for 2019 only and Algeria who eyed both 2019 and 2021.
The decision on the 2017 tournament is yet to be reached, and Algeria are in pole position following the ceding of hosting rights by Libya. Voting on the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in the first quarter of 2015.