Morocco secures hosting rights for 2025 Africa Cup of Nations


Morocco has emerged as the host nation for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations finals, as announced by the Executive Committee.

This prestigious sporting event, known as the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, will be the 35th edition of the tournament.

Morocco secures hosting rights for 2025 Africa Cup of Nations
Morocco secures hosting rights for 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco has been chosen to replace Guinea, who originally held the hosting rights. However, due to the withdrawal of Algeria, Zambia, and a joint bid from Benin and Nigeria, Morocco won the hosting rights by default.

This will be the second time that Morocco will have the privilege of hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, with the previous occasion being in 1988. The decision to award the hosting rights to Morocco not only reflects their capability to organise and manage such a major sporting event but also aligns with their aspirations to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Portugal and Spain. This announcement will undoubtedly bring a sense of elation among the football fans in Morocco, who have long desired to witness international tournaments on their soil.

Furthermore, this opportunity to host the Africa Cup of Nations will serve as a significant morale boost for the country. Morocco has recently faced a devastating natural disaster in the form of a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in September. This catastrophic event claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people and displaced countless others. The decision to award the hosting rights to Morocco not only recognizes their ability to recover from such a tragedy but also highlights their efforts in rebuilding the affected regions.

The country has committed to spending $11.7 billion in a comprehensive post-earthquake reconstruction program over the next five years. This demonstrates Morocco’s determination to not only be a commendable host for the tournament but also a resilient nation that can overcome adversity.

Morocco secures hosting rights for 2025 Africa Cup of Nations
Morocco secures hosting rights for 2025 Africa Cup of Nations

Morocco’s selection as the host country is also a result of its existing infrastructure and expertise in organising major sporting events. The country boasts a number of world-class stadiums that have previously hosted various African and international tournaments. This experience and infrastructure will ensure that the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations will be a grand success, promising top-notch facilities and a memorable experience for players, officials, and spectators alike.

The Africa Cup of Nations is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious football competitions in Africa. It brings together the continent’s top footballing nations to compete for the ultimate prize.

The tournament not only showcases Africa’s footballing talent but also serves as a platform for social and cultural exchange among the participating nations.

Morocco’s ability to provide a suitable environment for this event will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the tournament and further enhance its reputation.

Ericson Mangoli
Ericson Mangoli is the founder and Managing Editor of Who Owns Africa, a platform for African journalism that focuses on politics, governance, and business. With a passion for truth and a dedication to highlighting pressing issues in Africa, Mangoli has become a significant voice in the field. He embarked on this journey after graduating with a degree in communications and realizing his true calling was in investigative reporting and shedding light on untold stories.  Who Owns Africa provides thought-provoking articles, in-depth analyses, and incisive commentary to help people understand the complexities of the region. Mangoli is committed to impartiality and ethical reporting, setting high standards for his team. His vision for the platform is to foster critical thinking and promote informed discussions that have a positive impact on African society. Mangoli is known for his eloquent and insightful writing which tackles pressing issues in Africa. His articles cover a range of topics including political corruption, economic development, fostering international partnerships, and African governance. He sheds light on the complexities of these subjects and empowers readers to engage in conversations for positive change. Mangoli's coverage of African politics analyzes the factors that drive change and hinder progress, while his reporting on governance advocates for stronger institutions and policies. Additionally, he explores the challenges and opportunities facing African businesses and inspires readers to contribute to Africa's economic growth.


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