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2019 AFCON: CAF Will Pick Better Host Candidate — Pinnick

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation and vice president of CAF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has assured that the African football governing body will vote for the better qualified candidate to host this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

South Africa and Egypt have submitted bids to organise an expanded 24-team AFCON tournament after Cameroon was stripped of hosting the game by CAF due to lack of required facilities and security.

Pinnick, who is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee, told thenff.com that his committee has analysed the strengths of the two bidding nations and would advise CAF on the better option ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the CAF Executive Committee that will select the host country.

“The AFCON committee of which I am the chairman has done a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) on both bidding countries and we will meet on the sideline of the CAF Football Awards to finally decide on the best option and present same to CAF before Wednesday’s meeting.

“The interest of African football is paramount in this. It is important that we get this right so that the selected country can quickly put structures in place for the championship which is only about five months away.”

The NFF boss, who is also a Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, arrived the Senegalese capital on Sunday evening for the meetings as well as the AITEO-CAF African Football Awards, which holds in the historic island of Goree on Tuesday evening.

Pinnick’s influence and insistence were determinant in CAF agreeing to a four -year contract with Nigeria’s leading energy solution company, AITEO for sponsorship of the African Football Awards. AITEO came into the picture last year on a one –year agreement to bankroll the event hosted in Accra, Ghana following the departure of another Nigerian company, Globacom.

CAF had in November 2018 stripped designated host, Cameroon, of the right to host the 2019 AFCON as a result of delays in construction and security threats.

Egypt and South Africa have differing strengths with regards to their individual bids to host the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals holding this summer. This year’s edition will be the first to entertain 24 teams.


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