At the end of the deadline for submission of applications on Saturday 30 September 2017 at 23:59, two federation’s had submitted their bids to the General Secretariat of the Confederation Africaine de Football for the organisation of the 2018 Total African Nations Championship. Namely, Equatorial Guinea and Morocco.
At its meeting on September 23, 2017, CAF Executive Committee decided to complete the process of selecting a new host country for the tournament scheduled for January 2018, within 15 days. After Kenya, the initial host, failed to meet the requirements.
Total CHAN is a competition that brings together 16 national teams made up of players selected in their national championships. The 5th edition is to be held in 2018.
Kenya was handed hosting rights in 2014, but failed to convince Caf that they are ready for the January 2018 event, with Caf citing heightened political environment in the country, untruthfulness on the part of government and delayed preparation in setting up needed infrastructure as among issues that made them strip the country of the rights.
The new host will be known early October. The bidding process is set to end by midnight yesterday (Sunday), October 1.
The 16-nation tournament exclusively for locally-based players is scheduled to take place between January 12 and February 4, 2018.
Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia have qualified for the 2018 finals.