June 17, 2024

Morocco was picked Wednesday to host soccer’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2025.

It was a shock, nonetheless, that the 2027 match was awarded to East African neighbours Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, when its bid rivals included soccer powers Senegal and Egypt.

The Confederation of African Soccer’s president Patrice Motsepe introduced the winners after votes by its government committee.

Morocco was closely favoured to get the 2025 AFCON, when the 2022 World Cup semifinalist can also be at present a part of an modern Europe-led joint bid for the 2030 match with Spain and Portugal, and presumably Ukraine.

Morocco’s bid opponents have been a Benin-Nigeria co-host plan and Zambia, after Algeria this week withdrew its candidacy from each the 2025 and 2027 contests. Guinea beforehand was picked for 2025 however was stripped of internet hosting by CAF.

East Africa has not staged the biennial match since Ethiopia was the 1976 host.

The delayed 2023 version of the 24-team match kicks off in January in Ivory Coast.

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