Ghana has been stripped off the right to host the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) after a decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
According to CAF, the venues earmarked for the competition are way behind schedule, hence the decision to strip the hosting rights off Ghana with less than 3 months to the start of the competition.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, however, remains confident that a new host will be announced in September.
“We are engaging several countries and should be able to announce a host during the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly in Egypt next month,” Ahmad told KweséESPN.
The Cape Coast and Accra Stadia were selected by the Local Organizing Committee as the host stadia for the tournament but renovation works at the grounds have stalled.
The LOC, last month, asked CAF to consider alternative host cities for the tournament, due to the slow progress of work at the Accra Sports Stadium, but this was not accepted.
The 2018 Women’s AFCON will also serve as the qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the top three countries qualifying for the competition in France.
This means Ghana’s Black Queens are also set to miss out on a place at the global showpiece as their place at the tournament will be taken by the new hosts who will join Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, South Africa, Zambia, Mali and Nigeria who have already qualified.
The eight-team tournament is scheduled to take place between November 17 to December 1, 2018.