Guinea removed as host of 2025 African Cup in latest switch

Sep 30, 2022, 1:41 PM | Updated: Oct 1, 2022, 2:37 am
FILE - Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe speaks during a news confe...

FILE - Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe speaks during a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The African soccer confederation announced late Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 that it has removed Guinea as host of the 2025 African Cup of Nations because of inadequate infrastructure, the latest in a series of switches and delays for the continental championship over the last 10 years. It was announced after Motsepe traveled to the country to meet with the head of the military junta in Guinea who took power in a coup in 2021. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The African soccer confederation has removed Guinea as host of the 2025 African Cup of Nations because of inadequate infrastructure, the latest in a series of switches and delays for the continental championship over the last 10 years.

The decision was announced late Friday night and after Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe traveled to the country to meet with Col. Mamady Doumbouya, the head of the military junta in Guinea who took power in a coup in 2021.

CAF said its executive committee would meet in Algeria on Saturday to discuss the details of re-opening the bidding process for the 2025 tournament, which might also be put back a year after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the African Cup of Nations sequence.

Guinea’s hosting of the continental championship had been under scrutiny for weeks after an inspection committee made a visit in early September and determined that Guinea wouldn’t be ready. CAF made an internal decision then to strip the West African nation of the tournament but held off making an official announcement until Motsepe’s visit.

Last month, Doumbouya had said that the African Cup was still a “priority” for the new military leadership and insisted it should go ahead in Guinea, but it was taken out of his hands. Motsepe said he visited the country on Friday “out of respect to the people of Guinea” before the decision to move the tournament was announced.

In a statement, CAF said the infrastructure and facilities in Guinea were “not ready to host a world class AFCON competition.”

The decision means every African Cup since 2013 has been moved because of problems with the original host country.

South Africa stepped in as host for civil war-torn Libya in 2013, Equatorial Guinea was a replacement for Morocco in 2015, Gabon replaced Libya, which still wasn’t ready in 2017, Egypt took over for an under-prepared Cameroon in 2019 and Cameroon hosted its tournament three years later than originally planned in 2022, when there was also a one-year delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The delay with Cameroon has pushed Ivory Coast’s African Cup back to 2024 when it was meant to host in 2021.

The African Cup of Nations is held every two years, although CAF now faces the prospect of holding its biggest tournament on consecutive years in 2024 and 2025 if it keeps to those dates.

___

Associated Press writers Boubacar Diallo in Conakry, Guinea, and Isifu Wirfengla in Yaounde, Cameroon, contributed to this story.

___

More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Navy takes down Mount St. Mary’s 75-59

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 18 points as Navy beat Mount St. Mary’s 75-59 on Saturday. Nelson shot 7 for 8, including 4 for 4 from beyond the arc for the Midshipmen (5-1). Daniel Deaver scored 14 points while finishing 7 of 11 from the floor, and added six rebounds, six assists, and […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Loyola (MD) defeats UL Monroe 65-64

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kenneth Jones scored with seven seconds left and David Brown III blocked a last-second shot and Loyola (MD) defeated UL Monroe 65-64 on Saturday. Chris Kuzemka’s 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting (4 for 7 from distance) led the Greyhounds (3-4). Jones was 5 of 12 shooting (1 for 4 […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Roberts has 17, Manhattan tops Army 72-71 in London

LONDON (AP) — Josh Roberts had 17 points in Manhattan’s 72-71 win over Army on Saturday. Coleton Benson made three free throws with 16 seconds left to pull Army within one. The Jaspers then missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 11 seconds to play but Jalen Rucker couldn’t connect on a […]
1 day ago
France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the World Cup group D ...
Associated Press

Mbappe scores 2, France reaches knockout stage of World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored two goals and put defending champion France into the knockout stage of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Denmark on Saturday. Mbappe gave his team the lead in the 61st minute and then scored the winner in the 86th with his right thigh as Les Bleus […]
1 day ago
Spain's Eric Garcia, left, and Hugo Guillamon work out during an official training session at Qatar...
Associated Press

World Cup Viewer’s Guide: Germany seeks World Cup rebound

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A surprise opening-match loss has Germany headed into its second game seeking an easy victory to avoid a second consecutive early World Cup exit. Too bad the Germans play Spain in what should be anything but a leisurely Sunday stroll. Spain routed Costa Rica 7-0 in its opening match for the […]
1 day ago
Japan supporters clean the stands at the end of the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany ...
Associated Press

‘Normal thing to do’: Japanese fans tidy up at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The sight of Japanese fans at a World Cup bagging trash after a match — win or lose — always surprises non-Japanese. Japanese players are famous for doing the same in their team dressing room: hanging up towels, cleaning the floor, and even leaving a thank-you note. The behavior is driving […]
1 day ago
Guinea removed as host of 2025 African Cup in latest switch