Ethiopia PM Affirms Growing Capacity to Host AFCON in the Future

Ethiopia PM Affirms Growing Capacity to Host AFCON in the Future

Juneidi Basha, President of The Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) has confirmed that the government has plans of hosting the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the future.

According to him, as part of efforts geared towards that dream, Ethiopia was building eight new stadiums each with a capacity of 30,000 in its sports infrastructure drive.

Head of the continent’s football governing body, Ahmad Ahmad was recently in the country for an official visit.

Ahmad in the company of CAF and EFF officials held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Basha said the two parties ‘held talks on deepening historical ties with CAF and investments on sports facilities.’



 The country known more for its exploits in the field of athletics might start off hosting some junior level competitions for now, some reports have suggested.

As part of his visit, the CAF president also visited a center of excellence, youth sports acedemy and the national stadium under construction in the capital, Addis Ababa.

CAF recently made widespread changes to the format and timing of the AFCON starting with the next edition due in 2019 in Cameroon. The time for the comeptition has been moved to June whiles the participating teams expanded to 24.

After Cameroon 2019, which the Central African country insists it is ready to host despite CAF’s reforms, Ivory Coast is in line to host come 2021 before Guinea takes its turn in 2023. It is unclear how soon Ethiopia will thrown in their hat.

Tagged as:

Sports, Afcon, African Cup Of Nations, Ahmad Ahmad, Juneidi Basha


3879 Views Comments

Philemon Rono (KEN) and Marta Megra (ETH) Win the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Defending champion Philemon Rono of Kenya and Marta Megra of Ethiopia win the men and women titles of the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, clocking

4325 Views Comments

Eyob Gebrehiwet (ITA) and Gedo Sule Utura (ETH) Win Huawei Venice Marathon 2017

VENICE, Italy (IAAF)―Eyob Gebrehiwet improved his PB by three minutes to win the 32nd edition of the Huawei Venice Marathon in 2:12:16 on Sunday (Oct.

4648 Views Comments

Virginia Couple Wins North American Wife Carrying Championship

A Virginia couple took home the grand prize--$630 and 12 cases of beer--after competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine Saturday. According to