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ZIMBABWE’S bid to host the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals has received a major boost following the commitment by two ministries to support the venture in cabinet.

The minister of sport and culture, Andrew Langa and the minister of hospitality and tourism Walter Mzembi have both pledged to give the bid the backing in cabinet for the much needed government guarantees.

“This is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss. We will back the bid in cabinet,” says Mzembi, who is also dreaming of Zimbabwe hosting the 2034 World Cup.

The Zimbabwe Football Association are considering replacing Libya who have withdrawn from hosting the competition for security reasons.

Initially Libya were supposed to have hosted the 2013 tournament but then chose the 2017 contest for the same reasons.

South Africa then stepped in to host the 2013 finals which were won by Nigeria.

The Confederation of African Football has given September 30 as the last day for prospective candidates to submit their bids, and the Zimbabwe Football Association are hoping to get the government guarantee by the end of this week to submit an official bid.

Zimbabwe won the right to host the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations but the tournament was taken away by Caf on the grounds that the small southern African nation’s football stadiums were not up to standard to host such a competition.

Zimbabwe has not hosted any major international football competition apart from the regional Cosafa Cup which they hosted and won in 2009, and the East and Central Africa Challenge way back in 1985.

The only major international event Zimbabwe has hosted was the 1995 All Africa Games whose football section was won by Egypt.

South Africa are the only southern African nation to have successfully hosted the Africa Cup of Nations after doing so in 1996, 2010, and 2013.


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