The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced, this Wednesday, October 26, the official reopening of the bidding process for the hosting rights of the 2025 African Cup of Nations, as well as the date of designation of the host country.
Almost a month after withdrawing the organization of Can 2025 from Guinea due to delays in the work, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) unveiled on Wednesday the new calendar for the awarding process of the competition. .
Thus, the continental body indicates that it has just formally sent a letter to all its member associations inviting them to express their interest in organizing Can 2025. Candidates now have until November 11 inclusive to complete and send a declaration of interest form to the Caf. They will then have to put together a file with various documents that they will have to return to the Pan-African body no later than December 16.
The Caf encourages co-organizations
Then, inspection visits will take place between January 5 and 25 in the countries concerned, then the Caf will reveal its final choice at the end of its Executive Committee, on February 10, 2023. The body takes care to specify that It could be a host country or countries, since it encourages co-organizations.
As a reminder, Algeria has formally expressed its interest, Morocco also unofficially, while Senegal is also considering it strongly.
But who judges the application files and chooses the organizing country of the Can?
As a reminder, the 54 member associations of Caf are therefore free to submit their applications, individually or jointly (to 2), and it is at the level of the Committee of the governing body that the evaluation is done and that the host country is chosen.
Thus, Patrice Motsepe, in his capacity as President of Caf, will appoint an ad hoc Evaluation Committee whose task will be to inspect the facilities, visit the proposed sites and study the files presented. The reports will then be submitted to the Caf Executive Committee, which will then choose the host country(ies) in charge of the organisation.
After the designation of the organizing country(ies), Motsepe will appoint an ad hoc Committee in charge of monitoring and controlling the progress of the preparations for the organization of the final phase of the competition concerned. Any violation or failure will result in immediate removal from the organization.
In summary, the Caf has therefore set the timetable for the application process as follows:
November 11, 2022: Deadline for submission of expression of interest form.
November 16, 2022: deadline for Caf to send application documents to member associations that have expressed their interest.
December 16, 2022: deadline for submission of the final offer for member associations, including all application and organizational documents (organizational agreement, agreement with host cities, government guarantees).
05-25 January 2023: inspection visits.
February 10, 2023: designation of the host country(ies) by the Caf Executive Committee.