Guinea defends its CAN 2025 organization

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Guinea’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Lansana Bear Diallo, has assured Guinea to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations at a press conference on 4 August 2022. He was moved by many rumors that the tournament would move to other states.

This Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Guinea. So I would like to tell everyone who is a candidate to position themselves for 2027, 2029 or he is 2031. But 2025 is for Guinea. » 4 August 2022 with the Youth Minister guinea sports Lansana Bear Diallo wanted to dot i’s but the president of a football federation like Nigeria has expressed a desire to take back all or part of this huge sporting event planned in three years doing.

As a Pan-Africanist, I see a lot of communication that is not very fair.was the outraged Lansana Bear Diallo. There is a CAN that is specific to one country. But I see a lot of countries today that are positioning themselves to be able to organize it, saying that Guinea does not have the capacity to organize it. “.

Huge project to be completed in 3 years

Indeed, for eight years, criticism and doubts abounded over the Guineans’ ability to organize the contest. In particular, he will move from 16 to 24 teams participating in the final stages of the African Cup of Nations football, with at least two additional stadiums to be built. ” We are no longer in the stage of organizing, but in the stage of organizinghit Lansana Bear Diallo. The construction process should start within 2-3 months “.

For the time being, Guinea has only one nongo stadium (50,000 seats), which needs to be rehabilitated. The historic date of 28 September should not be used for this Africa Cup of Nations. Instead, another enclosure (40,000 seats) near Conakry should see the light of day. This is also true for Kankan (20,000 digits), Kindia (20,000 digits), Labé (15,000 digits), Nzérékoré (15,000 digits), and Boke (15,000 digits).

This means that six stadiums will need to be built, not to mention the various associated infrastructure (training grounds, hotels, roads, etc.). However, Colonel Mamadi Doumbuya, who came to power on September 5, 2021, is president of the transition and has made CAN 2025 a priority, said Vice-President of the Federal Committee for Standardization (Féguifoot), Sega Diallo guarantees. Will this be enough to calm the skepticism of some and the ambition of others?

CAF skepticism

In September 2014, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awarded CAN 2023 to Guinea. In this edition, the call for applications was not actually started. In the meantime, however, the CAF has reassigned the final stage, particularly due to Cameroon’s delay in being named host for 2019. Egypt ultimately hosted this CAN, with Cameroon recovering for 2021, Ivory Coast accepting for 2023 and Guinea for 2025.

Since 2014, a certain amount of skepticism has not left CAF. Current members of the executive committee continue to believe that Guineans cannot hold the tournament alone. In 2019, Senegalese federation president Augustin Senghor also proposed adjustments. The proposal was rejected by the former Guinean government. The idea of ​​co-hosting CAN 2025 with neighbors also has supporters in Conakry. But this option does not have the benefit of the current powers. ” Guinea will not give up CAN 2025 as easily as some believe concludes Sega Diallo.

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