LACK of money has forced Zambia to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Under-23 Africa Cup, a bid the country had been granted by CAF.
Zambia, through the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), had earlier submitted a bid to host the tournament following the successful hosting of the U-20 Africa Cup earlier this year.
According to the FIFA regulations, a country hosting the U-23 continental championship needs to have at least 3 FIFA certified stadiums, all located in different cities or provinces.
Zambia, having only two such stadia, and without money to build a third, has opted to pull out of the bid and consider future tournaments. In a press statement, FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo confirmed Zambia’s withdrawal from hosting the 2019 U-23 AFCON.
FAZ wishes to inform all stakeholders and the public that Zambia has formally withdrawn from hosting the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup edition which was granted to the country by the Confederations of African Football (CAF),
“FAZ decided to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations edition after thorough consultations. After these consultations with the government, it has been concluded that the country is not in a position to host the tournament due to the current economic climate.”
Apart from the U-20 Africa Cup held in February, Zambia has never hosted a continental football tournament.