CAF Set to Replace Ethiopia as Host of 2010 African Nations Championship

Mekelle Stadium

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) is set to announce that Cameroon will replace Ethiopia as host of the 2010 African Nations Championship as the east African nation expressed doubts about its readiness to stage the tournament

It was a week ago that the Ethiopia Football Federation president Esayas Jira told BBC Sport that the country’s preparations to host the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) were behind schedule.

The Addis Ababa-based football site Soccer Ethiopia noted  in a report posted today that work on some of the stadiums and other essential items required to host such tournament were not yet ready when CAF experts visited the country last month.

The issue was exasperated further by the announcement that the Ethiopian government said that it will not allocate the necessary funds, said the report. 

No official statement on the 2020 CHAN has yet been made by either Caf or Cameroon’s FA, Fecafoot.

Having said that, some experts in the country expressed doubts that the main reason that Ethiopia is withdrawing from hosting the tournament is not for the above mentioned reasons but more likely because of the current political unrest in various part of the country including Addis Ababa, the nation’s capital and seat of the African Union and the upcoming election in 2020.  

Although Ethiopia has done great work in terms of building a number of new stadiums and done expansion work on some of the existing ones, we are not 100% sure if they passed CAF’s inspection.