Sunday, October 05, 2014

Ethiopia drops bid for 2017 African Cup

(Oct 05, 2014, ADDIS ABABA, (AP))--Ethiopia has dropped its bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and will focus instead on the next available tournament in 2025, the president of the country's football federation said.

Junedin Basha said the East African country decided against running as the replacement for Libya after meeting with Confederation of African Football officials.

CAF wants a country with already-established facilities to step in at short notice for 2017 after Libya withdrew as host in August because of security and organizational concerns. Ethiopia's bid revolved around building new stadiums. CAF executives "advised" Ethiopia to delay its bid, Junedin said. Read more from USA TODAY » 

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