Ghana have been stripped of the rights to host the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
According to the football governing body, they were unimpressed with the progress work at venues for the competition which led to the decision to strip Ghana of the hosting rights with less than 3 months to the start of the competition.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, however, remains confident that a new host will be announced in September.
“We are engaging several countries and should be able to announce a host during the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly in Egypt next month,” Ahmad said on Sunday.
Ghana was given the rights to host the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) back in 2016 after being the sole candidate bidding to host the competition.
The Cape Coast and Accra Stadia were selected as the host stadia for the tournament by the Local Organizing Committee but renovation works at the grounds have stalled.
The LOC, last month, asked CAF to consider alternative host cities for the tournament, due to the slow progress of work at the Accra Sports Stadium, after CAF’s inspection team was unhappy by the progress of work after their last visit to the country.
The 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) will also serve as the qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the top three countries qualifying for the competition in France.
This means Ghana’s Black Queens are also set to miss out on a place at the global showpiece as their place at the tournament will be taken by the new hosts who will join Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, South Africa, Zambia, Mali and Nigeria who have already qualified.
The decision to take the competition away from the West African country is a massive blow to the Ministry of Youth and Sports who went bent on hosting despite initial doubts.