Ghana has missed out on the chance to host the 2017 Nations Cup after the Confederation of African Football picked Gabon as the next host of the continental football tournament.
Ghana, led by President of the Football Association led a powerful delegation to Cairo to attempt to make a last minute lobby for Ghana to win the right to host the AFCON 2017.
Gabon was chosen ahead of Algeria and Ghana.
All three countries stepped up their campaign to lobby the CAF executive members to vote in their favour.
The former Youth and Sports Minister for Ghana, who led the bid campaign until he was moved from that Ministry last month, was optimistic that Ghana would be chosen.
“We are not just a great football nation, but we proved during AFCON 2008, what great hosts we are. The infrastructure is already in place and we would not have to start preparing from scratch,” Mahama Ayariga, the former Minister, who is part of Ghana’s delegation to the Cairo meeting said.
Ghana’s high powered delegation was led by the country’s sports minister Mustapha Ahmed.
Despite Ghana’s strong case to land the hosting rights, Gabon were the strongest favourites to be handed the massive opportunity because they spent the past few months travelling and meeting executives to tell them of their plans.
Ghana hosted the finals in 1963, 1978 and 2008 and co-hosted in 2000 with Nigeria as late replacements when Zimbabwe was stripped of the right to hold the event.
Algeria hosted the tournament in 1990 when they won their only continental title.