Nigeria’s Sports Minister Attends CAF Meeting to Support Joint AFCON Bid

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The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, will represent Nigeria at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt, MySportDab reports.

The purpose of his attendance is to bolster Nigeria and the Republic of Benin’s joint bid to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in either 2025 or 2027. Nigeria last hosted the AFCON in 1980.

Senator Owan Enoh, alongside senior members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), will serve as representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria during the meeting.

Nigeria will have the opportunity to present its bid to the CAF Executive Committee in Cairo, Egypt.

The delegation includes Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, President of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary of the NFF, and Mallam Mainasara Ilo, Bid Coordinator, among others.

The meeting will be attended by all countries that have submitted bids to host the AFCON tournament in 2025 and 2027.

During the meeting, the Independent Assessment Committee of CAF will present their reports for evaluation and discussion by the CAF Executive Committee. Nigeria had previously welcomed the CAF team to assess facilities at proposed host venues across the country.

Nigeria’s presentation to the CAF Executive Committee is allocated a ten-minute slot, during which the nation will present its bid and subsequently respond to any questions raised. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Nigeria’s participation in this event underscores the nation’s determination to secure the prestigious AFCON hosting rights and reinforces its commitment to football development and the growth of sports in the region.

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