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AFCON: Morocco to host 2025 AFCON, Kenya and co bid awarded 2027

Morocco will host the 35th edition of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2025, the Executive Committee has announced.

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Africa’s football governing body, the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations tournament is set to be held in Morocco, one year after hosting the tournament in Cote d’Ivoire.

Morocco were handed the rights to host the tournament after beating bids from Zambia and a joint Nigeria-Benin bid in the running for 2025 and replacing Guinea, who were stripped of the tournament in October last year because of concerns about infrastructure and facilities.

The North-African country was a runaway favorite as it secured its rights to host Africa’s most popular sporting event in a bid to increase its chances and hopes of co-hosting the 2030 World Cup with Portugal and Spain.

It is only the second time that Morocco will host Africa’s most popular sporting event, almost four decades after the previous time in 1988.

The joint East African bid for 2027 returns the finals to the region for the first time since 1976.

They beat Botswana, Egypt and Senegal in a vote of the CAF executive committee. Algeria was also a candidate but withdrew on Tuesday.

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