Zambia is now considering to bid to host the 2021 Senior African Cup of Nations, (already awarded to Ivory Coast) barely a few days after withdrawing from hosting the 2019 under 23 African Cup of Nations which was awarded to Zambia.
But surprisingly, Zambia now wants to bid for the 2021 Senior Afcon which has already been awarded to Ivory Coast. On 20th September 2014, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 Senior Afcon tournaments.
The 2019 tournament will be hosted by Cameroon with Ivory Coast hosting the 2021 edition while little Guinea will host the 2023 edition.
‘FAZ, together with its major stakeholder, the government will consider bidding for the 2021 Senior Africa Cup of Nations,’ FAZ General Secretary Pasipononga (Ponga) Liwewe announced in a statement today.
Zambia was awarded to host the 2019 Under 23 Afcon but withdrew early this week citing poor economic climate.
CAF recently voted to increase the number of Senior Afcon participating teams from the current 16 to 24 teams. This means hosting countries will need more stadiums to host the games. Zambia currently has only two international stadiums.
The under 23 Afcon that Zambia has failed to host only features 8 teams and is also used for qualification to the under 23 Olympics.