CAF Counters NFF President, Insists Guinea Will Host 2025 AFCON

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick says they plan to step in and host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations – but the Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will be staged in Guinea.

Pinnick announced on Tuesday that he had informed Caf executives of Nigeria’s interest to co-host the 2025 tournament with Benin during an emergency Zoom meeting.

The political situation in Guinea, under military rule since a coup last year, has led to concerns over security and organization for the 2025 finals.

Some media reports have suggested the event could be moved away from the West African nation, but a top Caf official says neither his organization nor Guinean football officials have discussed such events.

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“The host for the 2025 tournament remains Guinea and that has not changed,” the CAF official has said.

“We’ve not discussed anything about a replacement or received any communication from Guinea about the inability to host. At this very moment, everything is on track for Guinea to host and there is no reason to suggest otherwise.”

In January 2019, Guinea accepted an invitation to host the 2025 Nations Cup after Caf revised its hosts for the 2019, 2021, and 2023 editions.

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