Algeria has withdrawn its bid to host one of the future Africa Cup of Nations finals, according to the country’s football association. The decision comes on the eve of the vote by the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee in Cairo. The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) stated that the withdrawal was due to a new approach to football development in Algeria. The FAF expressed its commitment to African football and thanked the African football community for understanding their decision. This move allows Algeria to avoid potential diplomatic embarrassment in losing to neighboring Morocco in the 2025 vote. Algeria had made significant investments in stadium infrastructure to host the African Nations Championship earlier this year, which strengthened their case for hosting the larger Cup of Nations tournament. However, behind-the-scenes jostling for votes has reportedly put Morocco as the heavy favorite for 2025 and Senegal for 2027. The decision on the hosts for both the 2025 and 2027 finals has been highly anticipated since CAF stripped Guinea of the right to host the 2025 finals last October. Algeria, Morocco, Zambia, and a joint bid from Benin and Nigeria were in contention for the 2025 finals, while Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Senegal, and a joint candidacy from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda submitted bids for the 2027 tournament. The history of hosting the Cup of Nations has been tumultuous in recent years, with South Africa stepping in for war-torn Libya in 2013, and various changes and postponements due to readiness and pandemic concerns.
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