Botswana and Namibia sports ministers have been given a platform to brief the region's football associations on plans to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals when they address this weekend’s COSAFA Annual General Meeting in Windhoek.
“Both ministers from Botswana and Namibia will have a slot to address the COSAFA meeting,” Mfolo said yesterday.
Work is at an advanced stage to put together the bid document, but the two countries could see costs escalate, particularly Namibia, which lags in the required infrastructure to host the competition. Botswana already has three stadiums with a capacity of more than 20,000, but a new facility might have to be constructed. Botswana takes the lion’s share in a 60-40% hosting arrangement with Namibia. Eight countries have expressed interest to host the 2027 edition, with Mauritania, Senegal, and the Gambia also plotting a joint bid. Other countries are Algeria, Burkina Faso, and Morocco. The Botswana-Namibia bid could appeal to CAF, which wants to spread the hosting across the continent.
CAF president, Patrice Motsepe was recently in Gaborone where he expressed support for Botswana and Namibia’s intentions to host the continent’s flagship competition.
Meanwhile, the COSAFA elections will see Comoros Football Federation president, Said Ali Said Athouman unopposed for the position of vice president. There will be a heated contest for the five positions of the ordinary member as eight names are on the ballot paper. One of the ordinary members of the executive must be a woman. The three, Solandranja Mahamatova (Madagascar), Anastasia Tsichlas (South Africa), and Brenda Kunda (Zambia) are the female candidates in the ordinary member’s contest.
President: Artur Almeida e Silva (Angola);
Vice president: Said Ali Said Athouman (Comoros);
Ordinary EXCO members: Timothy Shongwe (Eswatini), Khiba Mohoanyane (Lesotho), Andrianony Victorien (Madagascar), Walter Nyamilandu-Mandu (Malawi), Faizal Sidat (Mozambique), Solandranja Mahamatova (Madagascar), Anastasia Tsichlas (South Africa), and Brenda Kundaa (Zambia)