The Confederation of African Football has announced that Morocco has been chosen to host matches at the 2025 African Cup of Nations, which would strengthen the country’s bid to organize the 2030 World Cup, along with Spain and Portugal.
On Wednesday, Morocco was announced as the host for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco’s bid faced competition from a co-host plan by Benin and Nigeria, as well as Zambia, which entered the race after Algeria withdrew its candidacy for both the 2025 and 2027 events. Guinea, initially selected for the 2025 edition, had hosting privileges revoked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
“The decision that was taken today was to focus on African unity, development and growth.” said Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football on Morocco’s accepted bid.
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The selection of Morocco for the 2025 AFCON was widely anticipated, especially given their strong footballing reputation. In addition to hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco is vying for the opportunity to jointly host the 2030 FIFA World Cup with Portugal and Spain, a candidacy which “unites the two shores of the Mediterranean and reflects the ambitions and aspirations of the peoples of the region for further cooperation, interaction, and understanding,” King Mohammed VI said in a speech last July.