Nigeria and Benin Republic’s joint bid to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has reached a significant milestone as on Monday, August 7, 2023, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will inspect the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.
Accordingly to Uyo-based journalist, Bassey Ibiatisuh, the Nest of Champions, will be thoroughly evaluated by a seven-man inspection team, including representatives from CAF and a guide from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The team is set to arrive at the Victor Attah International Airport at 10:30 am and will be warmly welcomed by the Akwa Ibom State Football Normalization Committee.
The inspection is a crucial step for Nigeria and Benin Republic’s joint bid, as they strive to bring the AFCON tournament to Nigeria for the first time since 2000 when the country co-hosted the event with Ghana.
Just two weeks ago, a special delegation from FIFA and CAF conducted a thorough examination of the stadium complex and hotels in the city, in preparation for the inaugural edition of the Africa Football League scheduled for October this year.
The joint bid faces tough competition from Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, and a joint candidacy from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, all vying to host the prestigious tournament in 2027.