Morocco poised to host both CHAN and AFCON

Moroccan Football Federation

Morocco is suddenly poised to host two CAF tournaments in quick succession, amid fears the original venues will not be ready in time.

According to multiple reports, Morocco is one of two countries being considered to step-in for Kenya as emergency host of CHAN 2018.

South Africa is the other nation purported to be on standby.

Morocco is already the favorite to replace Cameroon as host of AFCON 2019 in case the west-central African nation isn’t ready.

However, Cameroonian officials suggest they will pass a pending inspection of tournament venues, likely coming next month.

An inspection was scheduled for Aug. 20-28 but was postponed after the sudden withdrawal of audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The firm gave no reason for their withdrawal.

Morocco is seen as having grand ambitions for increasing its clout within CAF circles, having hosted multiple officials and events in recent years.

Moroccan Foootball Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa triples as a CAF executive and the assistant to the Controller of the Budget for Morocco’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Lekjaa and Morocco were heavy supporters of new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad’s election campaign.

Fellow North Africans Algeria and Egypt have also thrown their hat into the mix to be emergency host.

Famed Algerian beIN Sports commentator Hafid Derradji recently congratulated Morocco on his Facebook page, suggesting they would host either CHAN, AFCON, or both.

Derradji also decried what he saw was a lack of initiative from the Algerian Football Federation in comparison.

CAF has yet to reveal when it will announce final plans for CHAN and AFCON hosts.

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