The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has announced that the host of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, Libya, has pulled out due to the security situation in the country.
According to the CAF website, a Libyan delegation led by the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports, which included the president of the Libyan Football Federation, revealed at a meeting with CAF president, Issa Hayatou, that owing to the unstable security situation in the country, Libya would not be able to host the AFCON in 2017.
The meeting took place on August 22 at CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
However, the secretary general of CAF, Hicham El Amrani, had already sent out a circular to all the 54 member associations asking them to bid for the 2017 Afcon.
The designation of the host for this competition will be made according to the statutory provisions of CAF, especially in conformity with articles 27 to 47 of the Regulations Governing the Application of CAF Statutes, further announced CAF.
CAF headquarters in Cairo will receive applications until Tuesday, September 30.
The CAF executive committee is to select a host country that can guarantee adequate accommodation, transportation and hotels facilities, and also a training pitch and world class stadiums.
A new host for the 2017 AFCON is expected to be unveiled at the 2015 Executive Committee meeting.