CONAKRY- The African Football Confederation announced this Thursday, September 29 on its official website, the visit, this Friday, September 30, of its president Patrice Motsepe, to Conakry.
The South African businessman who presides over the destiny of football on the continent, should, during his brief stay which will last less than 24 hours, meet the Guinean authorities, in particular the head of the ruling junta, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya. It will undoubtedly be a question, if not exclusively a question, of the organization of CAN 2025.
The stakes of the visit
The boss of African football arrives at a time when the optimism of Guineans to see their country host this competition is showered by rumors of a withdrawal from the organization by CAF. As a reminder, very recently, like wildfire, information circulated on social networks and in certain media, announcing this withdrawal. The presence of the South African billionaire is a boon for the country’s authorities to reassure the African football management body of their determination to maintain this meeting for the happiness of Guinean football fans.
The current authorities, who moreover, have declared the organization of CAN 2025 as a national priority with the immediate effect of creating a budget line of just over 160 million dollars for the financing of the start of work. Not sure that this argument can be enough to reassure the distinguished host. The timing of these stadium construction works and the availability of other infrastructure necessary for the organization of the competition, in a timely manner, should be the determining factors.
Possibly, given the Lilliputian achievements to date and the international situation which makes the availability of orders as soon as possible convoluted, the postponement would be the plausible eventuality. It is obvious that this visit by the most authoritative voice of CAF will be decisive for Guinea as to whether or not to maintain the organization of the African Cup in 2025.
But the information that oozes from the offices of CAF, reported by well-introduced sources, is categorical on a postponement of the edition for an additional year. File to follow.
Lamine Mognouma Cisse