By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The Football Association of Zambia, FAZ, has declared their readiness to step in as the new host of the 2021 Under-17 AFCON tournament vomited in the last minute by Morocco.
According to reports on Zambiansoccernet, they have stumbled on a document wherein the Secretary General of the Zambian FA, Adrian Kashala, has expressed his country’s willingness and preparedness to pick up from where Morocco left and host the 2021 Under-17 AFCON despite CAF’s decision to cancel the tournament last Monday.
Origin of the story:
Barely five days before the start of the tournament, Monday March 8th, CAF announced it was abandoning the 2021 Under-17 AFCON tournament following Morocco’s decision to back out from hosting the event citing the growing spread of the Corona Virus.
The decision from CAF didn’t go down well with many stakeholders especially as at least five nations where already in Morocco for the tournament.
This move from FAZ could force CAF to revoke their decision to outrightly abandon the tournament as one of the worries in the cancelation letter was getting a new host.
The close relationship between the incoming CAF president, Patrice Motsepe and president Andrew Kamanga of FAZ fuels the possibility of CAF coming back to her decision and handing the tournament’s hosting rights to Zambia.
The fact that Zambia also qualified for the tournament on the pitch makes it easier for CAF to relocate the event without a change in participants.
Having this information barely 24 hours before the next CAF elections make the timing interesting especially as many have suggested Motsepe could reschedule the AFCON as one of his first big move when he takes the CAF presidential office.
The 12-nations Under-17 AFCON tournament has always been a first step towards greatness and has history of showcasing young talents from the continent.
The likes of Alexandre Song, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osihmen and many others first displayed their potentials in this event.
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