Ghana face competition over hosting rights

Ghana’s bid to host the 2017 African Cup is in its final throes with a high-level delegation currently in Cairo to boost the effort.

The team touched down in the Egyptian capital this morning as the Confederation of African Football deliberates on various issues affecting the continent’s game.

The committee is led by its chairman Ernest Thompson, three time African Footballer of the Year Abedi Ayew Pele and GFA Veep Fred Crentsil.

Also there are ex-GFA spokesman Randy Abbey, businessman Herbert Mensah and former Hearts boss Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe.

The rest are Lepowura Mohammed ND Jawula and Nana Sam Brew, both past GFA bosses as well as the Chief Ops Officer for CAN 2008 LOC Rex Danquah, GNPC boss Alex Mould and Abdullai Yakubu.

Some eminent footballers on the team are also there in the form of ex-Ghana captains Anthony Yeboah and Stephen Appiah and boxing legend Azumah Nelson.

The committee is expected to complete final lobbying efforts of the 54 Caf reps at the meeting.

Joy Sports sources say Ghana’s biggest challenger will be Gabon who, together with Algeria, are the nations gunning for the hosting rights as well.

The host nation will be named on Wednesday, April 8.