Ghana Pushing To Host African Football Cup After Libya Withdraws Amid Rising Insecurity
Ghana "will submit a bid" to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations football tournament after Libya dropped out because of rising insecurity in the North African nation, according to Ekow Dontoh of BLOOMBERG. Minister of Sports Mahama Ayariga said that Ghana "will use existing stadiums" and will not need to build any new facilities. Ayariga said, "We have the infrastructure to host it. This will generate a lot of economic activity in the country." Libya told the Confederation of African Football last week that "it could not host the tournament in 2017 because of the deteriorating security." Ghana "is West Africa’s largest economy after Nigeria" (BLOOMBERG, 8/26).