East African leaders celebrated the successful bid for AFCON 2027, with Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda jointly awarded the honor.
This marks the first time in the tournament’s history that three countries will co-host, following previous editions hosted by Ghana/Nigeria (2000) and Equatorial Guinea/Gabon (2012).The trio emerged victorious in a competition that included Botswana, Egypt, and Senegal. Notably, Algeria withdrew from the race at the last minute, citing a “new strategy for developing football.”
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed gratitude for the opportunity and ordered preparations for the event, including the construction of two new stadiums in Dodoma and Arusha. Kenya’s Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua welcomed AFCON’s return to East Africa, a region that hadn’t hosted the tournament since Ethiopia in 1976. He emphasized the significance of the collaborative effort among Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Nuur Mohamud Sheekh, a spokesperson for the East African regional bloc IGAD, celebrated the successful bid, highlighting the region’s passion and commitment to sports as a unifying force across the continent.
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