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CAF dismisses Nigeria’s 2025 Afcon bid talk

The Confederation of African Football, Caf, has dismissed Nigeria’s talk of hosting the 2025 Africa Cup of Nation, insisting that the tournament will take place in Guinea.

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick had said they plan to step in and host the 2025 tournament.

The political tension in Guinea, under military rule after a coup last year, has led to concerns over security and organisation for the continental event.

Pinnick announced on Tuesday that he had told Caf executives of Nigeria’s interest to co-host the 2025 tournament with West African neighbors Benin during an emergency Zoom meeting.

Some reports suggested the event could be moved away from Guinea. However, a top Caf official says neither his organisation nor Guinean football officials have discussed such events, according to BBC Sport Africa.

“The host for the 2025 tournament remain Guinea and that has not changed,” he told BBC Sport Africa.

“We’ve not discussed anything about a replacement or received any communication from Guinea about the inability to host. At this very moment, everything is on track for Guinea to host and there is no reason to suggest otherwise.”

In January 2019, Guinea accepted an invitation to host the 2025 Nations Cup after Caf revised its hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 editions.

Three-time African champions Nigeria hosted the finals in 1980 and in 2000 alongside Ghana.

The last major tournament Nigeria hosted was the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in 2009.

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