Nigeria’s hopes of hosting the prestigious African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2027 have been dashed, as the joint bid with the Benin Republic has been unsuccessful. Instead, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have emerged as the triumphant hosts for the 2027 tournament, according to reports from AFP.
The disappointing news came following the visit of Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, who arrived in Egypt on Tuesday accompanied by representatives of the Nigeria Football Federation. They had embarked on a mission to secure the rights to host AFCON in 2027, but their efforts fell short.
Nigeria, a country with a rich footballing history, has only had the privilege of hosting the AFCON once before, in 1980. That memorable event saw Christian Chukwu leading the Nigerian team to victory, a moment cherished by enthusiastic home fans, including former President Shehu Shagari.
However, the subsequent joint hosting of AFCON with Ghana in 2000 ended in disappointment for Nigeria, as Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions clinched the coveted trophy at the National Stadium in Lagos.
While the 2027 AFCON hosting rights have slipped through Nigeria’s grasp, fans across the country will undoubtedly continue to support their beloved Super Eagles as they aim to excel on the international stage in the years to come.
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