Ghana will host the 2018 Women’s African Cup of Nations despite Confederation Of African Football (CAF) not being definite after its extraordinary Congress on 27 and 28 in Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo.
CAF after its Congress was not definite on whether Ghana will host the tournament, but GhanaCrusader.com can confirm the West African country will stage the competition slated for November 17 to December 1.
Per the release from CAF on Friday, the continent’s football governing body said the “The CAF Secretariat will closely monitor the progress of preparations,” giving further credence to Deputy General Secretary in charge of competitions, Anthony Baffoe’s warning that Ghana is behind schedule and should up their preparations.
However, GhanaCrusader.com sources within CAF revealed on Sunday that the tournament will be staged in Ghana as efforts to find a replacement proved futile.
Kenya, a country that had the opportunity to replace Ghana on a silver platter rejected the offer due to lack of infrastructure having earlier shown interest, but snail pace work on Nyayo stadium forced them to withdraw.
Mr. Ahmad was quoted by KweséESPN in the above link, saying they would find a replacement before Congress which was held last week, but no country was willing to take over the responsibility of hosting the 8 Nations competitions.
GhanaCrusader.com sources revealed Ghana was suspended as host of the tournament and is still suspended in the books of CAF, but the second Local Organising Committee report sent last week Wednesday gave organisers some hope that facilities could be ready before the tournament.
Last week, LOC for Women’s African Cup of Nations, Ghana 2018 unveiled an official theme and mascot at the Alisa Hotel in their bid to convince CAF the country is ready for the tournament.
The tournament will kick off on 17th November, 2018 and end on 1st December, 2018.
The Accra sports stadium currently undergoing renovation is expected to host the opening and closing ceremony of the competition.
Contractors have promised to hand over the facility to authorities by the end of this month.
Ghana will be joined by Algeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia.