Morocco replace Kenya as CHAN 2018 hosts
Late in September, Kenya had been stripped of the rights to host the competition due to “accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country.”
Both Equatorial Guinea and Morocco have submitted valid bids to replace Kenya. Ethiopia had also expressed their willingness to host the tournament but didn’t provide their government’s letter of guarantee which is a mandatory document required by the CAF.
The CAF unanimously decided in an emergency executive committee meeting in Lagos, Nigeria headed by CAF chairman Ahmad Ahmad to grant the organisation of the 5th edition of the tournament to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
Following the designation of Morocco as hosts, Egypt, who were beaten by Morocco in the Northern Zone playoffs, qualified for the tournament.
The competition, scheduled to take place between January 12 and February 4, 2018, will see the participation of 16 national teams, composed exclusively of locally-based players.
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