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Sports News Wed, 29 Mar 2017

AFCON hosting rights must be shared fairly - Nyantakyi

Executive Committee member of CAF and President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi believes the hosting rights for the Africa Cup of Nations should be rotational to ensure even distribution of hosting rights.

The criteria used to determine the AFCON host is a voting system by CAF ExCo members with the majority winning the bid.

The current criteria has ensured only a few countries have hosted the AFCON without any regional balance but the vibrant Ghana FA capo says the right should be on rotational basis in his view.

In an interview on InsideAfricaFootball WhatsApp platform, Kwesi Nyantakyi said: “Personally I think hosting rights should be shared fairly and if possible on a rotational basis like the World Cup.”

“When Ghana was bidding to host the 2017 AFCON we felt the same. Because in 2012 it was in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and 2015 in Equatorial Guinea, we felt 2017 should go to Ghana or Algeria but the ExCo thought otherwise,” he added.

“There were other views that in 1998 Burkina Faso hosted with Ghana/Nigeria hosting in 2000, so there was nothing wrong with the current awards.

Nyantakyi, who stands as Ghana’s most successful FA president, has been on the CAF ExCo and was recently re-elected into the FIFA Council and will be expected to champion an agenda to get the AFCON bid rotated.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com