CAF president Motsepe backs Tanzania-Uganda 2027 AFCON Cup bid

21Jul 2022
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
CAF president Motsepe backs Tanzania-Uganda 2027 AFCON Cup bid

THE president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe has promised support for Tanzania and Uganda if they put in a joint bid to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

Confederation of African Football's president Patrice Motsepe.

The South African billionaire, who has served as CAF president since March 2021, met the executive committee members of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) stakeholders at the FUFA headquarters.

Motsepe was accompanied by Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, FUFA president Moses Hashim Magogo and the CECAFA president Wallace Karia among others urged CECAFA members to work together to bring about football development in the region and Africa as a whole.

The CAF boss disclosed: “Keep together in the CECAFA region. The success of African football depends on the success of each of the members of the continent. I was told that Uganda and Tanzania are keen on hosting the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in these two beautiful countries."

Motsepe said: "As the president of CAF, I have to support all the 54 Member Associations equally and must say that I would personally not only just welcome but encourage a joint hosting bid between these two countries because it will make a huge contribution to football development in Uganda and Tanzania."

"This region (CECAFA) has not hosted the Africa Cup of Nations before and it would be a good move to both Uganda and Tanzania in promoting not only football development but also other areas like tourism, investment, and trade,” Motsepe revealed.

In June, during the FIFA Coca-Cola World Cup Trophy tour in Dar es Salaam, President Samia Suluhu Hassan confirmed Tanzania's interest in hosting the 2027 AFCON.

President Samia stated that her government is committed to supporting football and sports in Tanzania and has already earmarked the fast-tracking of key infrastructural development to support the bid.

At the moment, Tanzania has a single stadium that meets all CAF standards to host the Africa Cup of Nations.

Reports from Uganda have indicated the two countries could go for a joint bid in a hosting race that has so far attracted Morocco, Senegal, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia.

In May, it was reported that Botswana and Namibia are also planning a joint bid to stage the tournament in five years.

In 2023, Ivory Coast will organize Africa’s flagship tournament, with Guinea lined up as hosts in 2025.

In 2019, Tanzania successfully hosted the U-17 African Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam which involved eight teams.

The tournament was played in two venues, Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, and the privately owned Azam Complex Stadium at Chamazi