Egypt Will Not Bid to Replace Libya as ’13 Cup of Nations Host

June 20, 2011

According to Egypt Football Association (EFA) vice-president Hany Abou-Reida, Egypt are not interested in replacing Libya as hosts of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The news comes as calls for a replacement of the designated hosts strengthen with Libya in turmoil due to the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

South Africa and Algeria have both expressed a desire to step in and stage the 2013 finals of the 16-team tournament.

The secretary general of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Hichal El Amrani told BBC Sport recently that the continental body’s executive committee will meet in Cairo in September and review the situation in Libya.

Speculation has been mounting that Egypt would enter the fray and keep the event in North Africa, but Abou-Reida told Al Ahram newspaper: “Like any Egyptian I hoped to help my country gain that honor but we are effectively out of the competition because we hosted the tournament in 2006.

“South Africa and Algeria have much bigger chances of hosting the 2013 edition.”

CAF has already had experience of moving a tournament from Libya, having been forced to switch the African under-20 event to South Africa earlier this year.