Algeria head a list of four bids to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Countries, which the Confederation of African Football reported on Thursday April 27, however Morocco are an unexpected oversight.
Following the expiration of the deadline for declarations of interest, a statement stated that CAF had received bids from Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, and a joint candidacy from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda for the tournament in 2027.
CAF has repeatedly put off deciding who will take Guinea’s place as hosts in 2025. They were found to be too far behind in building the event’s infrastructure the previous year, and as a result, they lost their right to host the event.
According to sources, CAF is in a political bind when choosing between Algeria and Morocco, the top two contenders for 2025.
In any case, with Algeria presently arising as a contender for the 2027 competition too, the way is clear for Morocco to be given the hosting of the 2025 finals and afterward Algeria the competition two years from there on.
Since diplomatic ties between the two North African neighbors have been suspended, winning the right to host the 2025 Cup of Nations would be a matter of national pride and a success in public relations.
Morocco has become a powerful political force behind the scenes in African football over the past few years. They have also hosted several continental championships when other nations have been unwilling to do so, like the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations that took place in Morocco last year.
In contrast, Algeria constructed an impressive new stadium in Algiers, the capital, to host the African Nation Championship, a competition for home-based national teams.
In any case, the competition was spoilt when Morocco boycotted it subsequent to being declined consent to fly their team into Algeria, who have had a flight restriction on Moroccan airplanes in 2021.
There are concerns that the rainy season will have an impact on the 2023 Cup of Nations finals, which were originally scheduled to take place in Ivory Coast but have been moved to January of the following year.
In June and July, the four bids for 2027 would be inspected, but CAF said a date for the executive committee’s traditional choice of hosts was still to be determined.