Morocco to host 2018 Africa Nations Championship

Morocco to host 2018 Africa Nations Championship
Morocco football fans. Courtesy Photo.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) will now take place in Morocco.

” The Emergency Committee of the Confederation African Football, chaired by Mr Ahmad, met on 14 October 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria, and unanimously decided to grant the organization of the 5th edition of the Total African Nations Championship to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation,”said the communication from CAF on Sunday.

Uganda and Ethiopia qualified to represent the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) region for the Championship which will take place January 12th to February 4th. Uganda has featured before in the 2011, 2014 and 2016 editions of the CHAN competition.

The event will bring together 16 national teams composed exclusively of players playing in the national championships of their respective countries.

CAF said the candidacy of Morocco was preferred to that of Equatorial Guinea, another country to have submitted a valid application. CAF also made it clear that the Ethiopian Football Federation, which had also expressed its willingness to host the tournament, did not provide the government’s letter of guarantee, which is a mandatory document required by the rules of application of the Statutes of the CAF.

Morocco becomes the new host after Kenya was stripped off the opportunity to because they were not ready with all requirements. CAF will now have to make a decision later today to decide which other team from the North Zone with take another slot since Morocco had qualified directly and now also qualify as hosts.