Zifa and Cosafa President Phillip Chiyangwa has written to newly elected Caf president Ahmad to protest the manner in which the hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations was awarded under the previous leadership. Chiyangwa wants a review of the process which seemingly favoured West Africa, the home region of past president Issa Hayatou.
Part of Chiyangwa’s letter reads:
We wish to draw your attention to the above and note with grave concern that the Afcon 2015 was held in Equatorial Guinea, 2017 in Gabon, 2019 has been allocated to Cameroon, 2021 has been allocated to Ivory Coast and 2023 to Guinea.
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It is inconceivable that five tournaments in a row can be hosted in one region of Africa. This clearly shows the insensitivity and provides the unnecessary imbalance in Caf member interests. It is on this basis of the foregoing that Cosafa demands that the process of awarding the hosting rights for 2019, 2021 and 2023 be subjected to a new and transparent evaluation process.