Will Algeria’s Withdrawal from Hosting AFCON Give Pamoja Bid a Soft Landing?


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In May 2023, three East African countries—Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania—submitted the Pamoja bid to host the 2027 African Cup of Nations tournament to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The East African bid faces strong competition from Algeria, Egypt, and Botswana, who have submitted independent bids.

However, the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has unexpectedly announced its consideration of withdrawing its bid to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2025 and 2027 under the new leadership of Walid Sadi.

This sudden move by FAF is expected to give an opportunity for other African nations, such as Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, to be considered by CAF as potential hosts.

This surprising decision has coincided with the upcoming meeting of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee in Cairo on Wednesday, September 27, where an important announcement regarding the host countries for the aforementioned tournaments will be made.

Why is Algeria considering withdrawing its bid to host AFCON?

According to FAF, the withdrawal is a strategic decision aimed at focusing on internal reorganization. This includes adapting regulations to meet FIFA standards, revitalizing technical management, and emphasizing youth teams as well as professional and amateur leagues.

Furthermore, there will be increased attention given to the training of coaches, managers, and referees. This shift in focus aligns with FAF’s objective of strengthening the Algerian football system from within.

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