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Three nations to contest hosting rights for reassigned African Nations Championship

Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco will contest the reassigned hosting rights to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced.

The 16-team CHAN is for locally-based players only and was scheduled to take place in Kenya from January 12 to February 4. However, CAF last month stripped the hosting rights from Kenya with only one of the four venues said to be ready for the tournament and reported concern over the political situation in the country.

CAF opened a new bidding process for the 2018 CHAN, with applications accepted through to Saturday. Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco have come forward for the hosting rights, with a decision expected to be made at the weekend.

None of the three applicants have previously hosted the CHAN, which was formed in 2009 and is staged on a biennial basis. DR Congo is the reigning champion having defeated Mali 3-0 in the final of the 2016 tournament held in Rwanda.