The colossal dream to host the African Cup of Nations in the year of 2027 by the government of Botswana and its football custodian, Botswana Football Association (BFA) is slowly gaining traction after Namibia approved the proposal to bid as co-hosts.
The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development had travelled to Windhoek, Namibia together with his delegation to sign and seal paper documents in unison that the two countries shall in the not-so-distant future submit a co-host bid to CAF leadership for appraisal. More than 100 million is needed to stage a successful tournament and the Botswana-Namibia bid will face a stiff competition from other African countries.
It is agreed that the joint bid will strive on 60; 40 formula bases where Namibia will carry the 40 percent of financial burden and benefits. “Cabinet mandated the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service on behalf of Namibia to enter into a bidding process with Botswana and has since approved that budgetary provisions be made in the event the bidding process is successful,” the Minister of Information and Communication Technology Peya Mushelenga of Namibia was quoted as saying.
Announcement of the host country is expected to be made at the 44th ordinary CAF assembly to be held in Cairo, Egypt this year. Alongside Botswana-Namibia bid are proposals from Algeria, Morocco and Burkina Faso. The three countries will submit on their own while Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia will also present a three-way joint bid.
BFA president Maclean Letshwiti who sits in the CAF national committee is expected alongside, Hanga Raikali of Namibia association to put up a united front and embody a more emotive promise about the possibility of the African cup tournament in both countries and how it can benefit the citizenry and by extension, the Southern region.
However, both Botswana and Namibia will be wary of the African power and control the north posses. By far, Morocco and Algeria are strong rivals, and they cannot be ignored. Algeria have held the tournament once in 1990 and their robust economic muscle is a plus on their side.
Morocco, too, an Arabic country, knows and understands the dynamics of hosting a prestigious tournament in the stature of AFCON. They hosted the tournament in 1988 and could have hosted it again in 2013 but pulled out, citing the uncontrollable situation of Ebola virus within the western states as their primary excuse. South Africa had to come to the rescue, while the then CAF leadership vowed to punish Morocco for dumping the tourney at the eleventh hour.
Letshwiti is also anticipated to rope in CAF president and close confidant, Patrice Motsepe to erect strategies to win the CAF confidence about Botswana-Namibia case. Countries like Burkina Faso are expected to lose the bid, looking at their political atmosphere. Neither Botswana nor Nambia has hosted the tournament, and the two countries are expected to make the issue the thrust of their case.
Ivory Coast is anticipated to host the 2023 African show-piece while in 2025, it will be hosted by Guinea. The competition has been revised, and it features 24 countries.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.