Namibia pull out of joint bid leaving Botswana with prospect of going solo for AFCON 2027

April 21 – Botswana are trying to salvage their efforts to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations after Namibia withdrew from a joint bid one day before the deadline for submitting expressions of interest.

In June last year, the two nations signed an agreement titled BONA2027 based on a 60-40 financing agreement covering both costs and proceeds derived from the tournament.

Chairman of the joint bid Ashford Mamelodi told BBC Sport Africa they are now waiting on the Botswanan government’s position before advising on next steps.

In a letter to his Botswanan counterpart, Namibia’s sports minister explained the government will not provide the additional funding needed, including millions of dollars to renovate sports infrastructure.

With Botswana left in Limbo, Kenya are the only other nation to have publicly expressed a firm intention to bid for 2027, having announced a plan for a joint bid in December last year – without naming any other countries involved.

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