By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS
Nigeria and Benin Republic are likely to co-host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.
The competition is originally billed for another West African country, Guinea.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick stated that the Confederation of African Football is likely to withdraw the hosting right of the AFCON 2025 from Guinea.
Pinnick further stated that Nigeria and Benin are working on a joint bid to host the biennial competition.
“We are putting a bid together for a co-hosting of the tournament with the Benin Republic,” Pinnick told journalists in Lagos on Tuesday.
“The Minister of Sports has given his endorsement on the bidding.
“It is high time Nigeria hosted an international tournament because there are many advantages attached to hosting of such competitions.
There are many countries bidding for the competition; we are confident of getting the nod from CAF.
”We are working with the ministry of sports to ensure that Nigeria gets the hosting right.”
It would be recalled that Nigeria co-hosted the AFCON with Ghana in 2000.