The Republic of Congo has announced they are no longer willing to host the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The country were awarded the tournament’s hosting rights in September 2018, but has now opted to pull out hosting the women’s finals due to financial issues.
In a letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Congolese sports minister Hugues Ngoelondele explained the country’s situation and reasons behind their decision.
“The Republic of Congo had agreed in principle to bid for the organization of the 2020 Africa Women’s Football Cup,” the letter stated.
“This agreement had been given while the Congo was not yet in possession of the specifications relating thereto,
“Also, after examination of costs and the specifications, the Republic of Congo realised that, in the context of ongoing financial tensions the country finds itself in currently, it is unable to organise the event.
“The Republic of Congo and its government are sorry for this situation and would like to express their sincere consideration to CAF President.”
While CAF is yet to comment on the Congo’s position, there are possible plans to name a new host.
The 2020 AWCON, which has been won by Nigeria’s Super Falcons a record nine times, is due to kick off on November 23 and run until December 1.