According to the media reports, Ghana have lost right to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as Algeria has been chosen the host of the competition.
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The continent’s football governing body, CAF is looking forward to hand over a surprise chance to Algeria of hosting the event in 2017, who are already strong contenders to host the tournament in 2019 and 2021.
It will be a great blow for Ghana, who is in the race to host the 2017 tournament after Libya withdraws from hosting the event.
The last date for submitting the applications is 30 September, 2014 and it is expected that the CAF will announce the host in 2015.
Most favorite to host the 32nd or the 33rd editions of the bi-annual continental championship is Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Zambia.
Ghana host the tournament back in 2008, and won last time in 1982 when they beat host Libya 7-6 on penalties after the match ended 1-1.
Mahama Ayariga, Ghana’s minister of Youth and Sports as appointed an 11 member committee on Monday who will work on securing the right to host the 2017 tournament after Libya withdraws due to the unstable security situation in the North African country.
The committee includes six former Black Stars players and a former world boxing champion who will do all to secure the hosting rights for Ghana.
Here is the names of the members – Ernest Thompson (Chairman), Abedi Ayew Pele, (vice-chairman), Fred Crentsil, Randy Abbey, Herbert Mensah (administrator and businessman), Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Lepowura Nuru Deen Jawula, and Nana Sam Brew Butler (all former Ghana Football Association chairmen).
The remaining members to support the committee are Alex Mould (CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation), Rex Danquah, a sports expert who will serve as the secretary and consultant to the committee, and Abdulai Yakubu, chief director in the ministry of Youth and Sports.
While the ambassadors are ex-Black Stars players Stephen Leroy Appiah, Tony Baffoe, Ibrahim Sunday, Tony Yeboah, Abdul Razak, and former WBC Featherweight champion Azumah Nelson.
It will be a great loss for Ghana, if CAF finally give hosting rights to Algeria.
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