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Time for Nigeria to host AFCON?

28 August 2014, 11:22

Lagos - It is 14 years now since Nigeria last played host to Africa's biggest football tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations. Interestingly, Nigeria played co-host with West African, neighbours, Ghana in 2000 and finished as runners-up of that edition.

Previously Nigeria, now regarded as Africa's biggest economy by some analysts, had played host to the tournament once in 1980 when the format had just eight teams participating.

However, a chance to play host to another major international tournament has been dangled at Nigeria by Caf following the withdrawal of Libya from hosting the 2017 Afcon. With Libya pulling out citing unstable security in their country, Caf dispatched a circular to all of its 54 member associations informing them of "opening bids for the hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations."

Supersport.com now takes a look at the possibility of Nigeria's chances of playing host to Africa in 2017 if they put in a bid.

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