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Kenya's bid to host 2017 African Cup flops

18 November 2014, 10:39

Cairo - Egypt, along with Algeria, Gabon and Ghana are bidding for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

For Egypt, it's a test for the country to show it is getting over years of violent civil unrest that also contributed to a sudden dip for its once-dominant soccer team.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Sunday that Egypt joined the bidding to take over the hosting from Libya, which withdrew because of security and organizational concerns.

Bids from Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe were ruled out because they did not comply with "set criteria", CAF said.

CAF will decide on the new host next year but no exact date is given.

Both the next two editions of the African Cup of Nations will have replacement hosts at short notice after Morocco was replaced last week by Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 tournament, which starts in January.

Also read: CAF confirm AFCON 2017 bids

Egypt has much to do to prove it's a safe venue for 2017 after years of political uncertainty and violence following the overthrow of longtime president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egyptian sport has struggled during the period of unrest and the Egypt team, which won a third straight African title and record-extending seventh overall in 2010, hasn't even qualified since.

In some of the worst violence, more than 70 people were killed at a riot at an Egyptian league game in early 2012, prompting the country to temporarily avoid hosting games.

Egypt is a three-time host and last held the championship in 2006. Gabon co-hosted with Equatorial Guinea in 2012 and Ghana was the host in 2008.

Algeria is Africa's top-ranked team, but it hasn't hosted the 16-team African Cup since 1990. It is in the process of building new stadiums for 2017.

 - Xinhua

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