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Morocco, Equatorial Guinea bid for CHAN 2018

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 12:30


The latest news regarding the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament is that Morocco and Equatorial Guinea have tabled bids to host the showpiece.

The BBC reports that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the two countries have submitted bids to host the CHAN tournament.

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Morocco confirmed their bid on Saturday and they have joined Equatorial Guinea as the two countries to submit their bids before the deadline last weekend.

The continental football governing body opened the bids as Kenya was stripped of the right to host after failing to meet the requirements.

Although the successful bid will be announced next weekend, the biennial tournament is set to be staged from January 12 to February 4 next year and is for locally-based players only.

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Gabon withdraw, Equatorial Guinea qualify for Kenya 2018

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 21:15


Equatorial Guinea have qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championship finals on a walkover after their opponents Gabon withdrew.

The teams were set to meet in a Central Zone qualifying tie, with the first leg in Malabo on Saturday evening and the return pencilled in for Libreville next weekend.

However, the Panthers have withdrawn for as yet unspecified reasons, allowing the National Thunder to progress directly into the CHAN finals.

They join hosts Kenya and a further 14 qualifiers in the 16-team field, with the tournament set to be held from January 11 to February 2 next year.

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Equatorial Guinea host Gabon in Malabo

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Equatorial Guinea host Gabon in Malabo

Lloyd Palun of Gabon during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Gabon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 14 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 14:30


Central African neighbours Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will go head-to-head in 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers this month with the first leg to take place at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

Nzalang Nacional have yet to qualify for a CHAN showpiece, but will fancy their chances with the victor over two-legs sealing their place at next year’s tournament to be hosted in Kenya.

The Panthers on the other hand have participated in three previous CHAN tournaments with their best showing coming in in 2014 as they reached the quarterfinals in South Africa.

In terms of the latest FIFA World Rankings, Equatorial Guinea occupy 116th place while Gabon sit in 88th spot.

The two nations have gone head-to-head on 11 previous occasions with Gabon claiming six wins compared to two for their opponents.

The second-leg will take place in Libreville next week.

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