Zimbabwe submits Nations Cup bid document

Zimbabwe on Monday submitted their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations bidding document to the Confederation of African Football, a day before the deadline of submissions.

Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze
Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze

Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze is Cairo, Egypt, where he had gone to submit the bidding document which was finalized Saturday.

The association’s spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela says the national football governing body is confident the document is good enough to persuade the continental mother body to grant Zimbabwe the right to host the biennial football showpiece.

“As ZIFA we are hopeful that Zimbabwe’s proposal is comprehensive hence it will surely match those of other contenders.

“Despite all the negativity and pessimism from other quarters, we have refused to be distracted and we shall continue with our bid activities until the winning contender has been announced,” says Gwesela.

Zimbabwe are now going it alone after efforts to rope in both Zambia and Botswana failed with the Botswana Football Federation coming out in the open that they were not ready to host such a big competition.

Botswana were supposed to host the 2014 Cosafa Senior Challenge but withdrew citing lack of funds. The regional competition was eventually called off after efforts to have it held in South Africa hit a brick wall after the South African Football Association said they were not in a position to stage the competition.

Ghana, Algeria and Kenya are some of the nations targeting the 2017 slot which became vacant after Libya withdrew its candidature citing political instability.

CAF then invited all member associations interested to present their proposals before 30 September 2014 and the successful nation will be advised in 2015.

South Africa hosted the 29th edition of the tourney in 2013.

Zimbabwe won the right to host the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations finals but that right was taken away after Caf felt the stadia available was not up to standard.

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