Zambia has formally withdrawn from hosting the 2019 Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations due to the poor economic climate.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Manager Desmond Katongo has confirmed via a statement.
‘FAZ decided to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Edition (U-23) after thorough consultations with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, reads part of the statement.
Katongo said after consultations with government it has been concluded that the country is not in a position to host the tournament due to the current economic climate.
In March this year Edgar Lungu appealed to the then CAF president Issa Hayatou to consider Zambia to host the Senior African Cup of Nations and promised that Zambia would prepare adequately if given the opportunity.
Hayatou in response said CAF would consider Zambia to host the 2025 Afcon and urged them to formally bid for the hosting.
It is now doubtful if Zambia will go ahead and bid to host the Senior Afcon after failing to host the U-23 tournament which is cheaper to host than the main tournament that Lungu wanted CAF to consider Zambia.