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Ghana ready to host CHAN 2018 — sports minister

Ghana will host the 2018 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, if asked to do so by the continental soccer ruling body.

CONTEST…Ghana’s Samuel Safo (centre) contests for the ball with Nigeria’s Rabiu Ali (r) during yesterday’s WAFU Nations Cup final game in Cape Coast. Ghana won 4-1.

Ghana’s sports minister, Isaac Asiamah said in a radio interview in Accra yesterday, that the country has all it takes to host the tournament after Kenya was stripped of the rights due to unpreparedness.

CAF has opened a new bidding process for the tournament, which is scheduled to be staged from 12 January to 4 February next year.

Mr. Asiamah remarked that Ghana, having successfully staged the WAFU Cup of Nations earlier this month was in a good position to stage the CHAN tournament. The regional competition saw 16 West African teams play a total of 24 matches across two venues – and that did not include Ghana’s premier stadiums such as those in Kumasi and Accra.

“I’m adamant Ghana is ready, at any point in time, to host any CAF tournament,” Asiamah told Asempa FM.

South Africa have already declared that they have no intention of bidding for the tournament, leaving Ghana as one of the clear favourites to become the new hosts.



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