Ethiopia will bid to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This came to light during the meeting between Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) President Juneidi Basha and CAF Secretary General Hicham Al Amrani in Addis Ababa.
Hicham was in Addis to discuss the upcoming CAF congress in May 16, 2017 which the city hosts and to check on the progress of the long awaited CAF football academy.
With four huge stadiums nearing completion: the Bahirdar Stadium (90,000), already a trade mark to the lake side town Hawassa Stadium, state of the art and home to Premier League side Woldiya Stadium and nearing completion Mekele Stadium are of the few noted by the Ethiopian Football Federation president Juneidi at the meeting with Al Amrani.
In 2014, Ethiopia dropped out of the race to replace war-ravaged Libya as 2017 hosts with Gabon landing the honors. Ghana, Mali, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Algeria were also in contention.
Ethiopia, the 2020 CHAN host and the only country to host the African Nations Cup final in three occasions, last staged AFCON in 1976, and is the only East African nation to have achieved the feat after Kenya pulled out of hosting the 1996 edition due to financial challenges.
Cameroon will host the next AFCON in 2019 after Gabon 2017, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023. With lots of history as one of the three CAF founding member nations, eight years to wrap up the constructions and home to 100 million plus population Ethiopia has every potential to come out a winner in the bid. The million Birr question is that of building a strong team capable of competing at that level.