Algeria could replace Libya as hosts

Algeria celebrates

Algeria is set to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations should Libya be disqualified by the Confederation of African Football following ongoing violence in the country.

Algeria football federation president Mohamed Raouraoua said on Sunday that his country has the required infrastructure to organise the continental showpiece if called upon at any time by Caf.

“Algeria is ready to replace Libya in hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. I think we have everything necessary to receive such a huge event in our country,” Raouraoua said.

“The result from Caf’s last visit to Algeria was highly positive. But we are not at that stage yet because Caf’s Executive Committee will discuss the situation in Libya during their next meeting in September,” he said.

Libya is scheduled to host the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations but renewed armed violence between rebel groups in the capital Tripoli and second largest city Benghazi could force Caf to move the event elsewhere.

The Executive Committee’s annual general meeting will hold on September 19 in Addis Ababa, during which the names of the countries to host the 2019 and 2021 editions will be announced.

Algeria is bidding for both editions but will pull out if given the right to replace Libya. The country to eventually replace Libya must be a member of Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF), of which Algeria is a member.