Algerian officials hit out at CAF over Cup of Nations award

Algeria’s Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi has said he will review his country’s relationship with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after it missed out with its bid to stage the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations national team tournament.

Gabon got the nod ahead of rival pitches from Algeria and Ghana earlier this week as a replacement host for Libya, which withdrew from its proposed staging of the 2017 event due to ongoing security concerns.

Algeria was unable to secure the tournament despite Egypt opting to withdraw from the bidding process to avoid going head-to-head with their fellow Arab nation. Gabon co-hosted the 2012 tournament alongside Equatorial Guinea, but Tahmi slammed CAF’s decision as being “illogical”.

He said, according to the SuperSport.com website: “CAF’s decision shocked us and we can't accept it until now. Our bid was the best among all but the CAF president gave it to Gabon. With all respect to Gabon… that was illogical. Algeria has treated CAF with all respect in the past years but now I think we will change that. They will see a new face.”

Algerian Football Federation vice-president Mohamed Meshrani appeared to question the legitimacy of the voting process that awarded the Cup of Nations to Gabon.

“I dare if anyone can tell us about the number of votes that Gabon had,” he said. “I have the answer; no one knows that. We will not stop here. We will ask CAF how they ignored our offer, until now I can't believe.”

Algeria won its solitary AFCON crown on the only occasion it hosted the tournament in 1990.