East African trio of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya won the bid to Co-host the 2027 African Cup of Nations.
The announcement was confirmed by CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe on Wednesday during the CAF Executive Committee meeting that was held in Egypt, Cairo.
Following the development, Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan has ordered for construction of two new Stadiums in the country.
“We thank Allah we have succeeded in hosting the great AFCON2027, partnering with Kenya and Uganda.”
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“I now order the ministry of culture, arts and sports to make proper preparations, including to complete the construction of two new stadiums in Dodoma and Arusha on time, to the required standards.” Said the Tanzanian President on her twitter.
This will be the first time the biggest soccer event on the continent will be staged by three countries after Ghana/Nigeria (2000) and Equatorial Guinea/Gabon (2012) co-hosted previous editions.
The trio won a contest also involving Botswana, Egypt and Senegal with favorites Algeria withdrew on the eve of the vote.
The last time an East African Member Association hosted the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations tournament was in 1976 in Ethiopia.