August 10, 2017 - After decades of absence, Ethiopia expressed interest in hosting the African cup of nations in the near future. During a discussion between CAF officials and Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn, the prime minster affirmed Ethiopia’s interest to host the continental football event.
The Ethiopian football federation president, Juneidi Basha, was also quoted saying “as part of efforts geared towards that dream, Ethiopia was building eight new stadiums each with a capacity of 30,000 in its sports infrastructure drive."
Ethiopia hosted the African cup of nations in 1962 and reigned as champion after defeating Egypt in the extra time of final game. After 1962 cup Ethiopia’s participation in the African cup of nations has remained weak, making an appearance only in 2013.
CAF recently made widespread changes to the format and timing of the AFCON starting with the next edition due in 2019 in Cameroon. The time for the comeptition has been moved to June whiles the participating teams expanded to 24.
After Cameroon 2019, which the Central African country insists it is ready to host despite CAF’s reforms, Ivory Coast is in line to host come 2021 before Guinea takes its turn in 2023. It is unclear how soon Ethiopia will throw in their hat.
Source: Africa news