The Chairperson of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Freda Akosua Prempeh, has called on Ghana’s football authority to consider bidding for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will soon announce a new host for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon lost the right to host the tournament last week.
According to the 2018 AWCON Chairperson who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Tano North Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana has enough facilities to host a successful tournament in the next seven months.
“We are hoping, if they [CAF] can give Ghana the opportunity to host AFCON again, we will be hosting about 24 countries. I believe that with the Accra Sports Stadium re-touched now, we have the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, we have the Essipong Stadium, which needs some renovation. In the Ashanti Region, we can talk about the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, we can talk about Len Clay Sports Stadium.” She told Accra-based Class FM.
She added that other needed facilities like training pitches are also available for the various teams.
“Speaking of training pitches, Paa Joe Sports Stadium can be used. We have Prempreh College. We have one at Opoku Ware [Senior High School]. In Accra, we have one at Achimota that can be worked on. El-Wak Stadium has been worked on, PRESEC Legon Park has been worked on.”
“We have another stadium at Tamale, the Aliu Mahama Stadium. So, we can conveniently talk about six, seven or eight stadia that can host the tournament.
“There is no harm in trying. Even if we are given the opportunity to co-host, we would have moved from one level to another. I don’t see why the Normalisation Committee and, therefore, the Ministry of Youth and Sports can’t put in a try.”
Ghana has hosted four Cup of Nations in 1963, 1978, 2000 and 2008.