Morocco bids for hosting 2018 African Nations Championship

Added On October 1, 2017

RABAT, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Morocco's Royal Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Saturday that the North African country has formerly submitted its bid to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The announcement came days after the Executive Committee of the Confederations of African Football (CAF) stripped Kenya of the right due to political unrest and lack of facilities to host the tournament.
"Through this bid, Morocco puts all the experience it has accumulated at CAF's disposal to ensure the success of the continental sport event," the Moroccan confederation said in a statement.
Morocco's decision to bid for this competition is in line with the policy of opening up more to African countries, FRMF said, adding that among pillars of the policy is embracing youth of the continent and enable them to have a promising future."
The tournament, which is reserved for locally-based players in Africa, is scheduled for January 12 to February 4 next year.
Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia have qualified for the 2018 finals.