On Wednesday evening, Congo rescinded their decision to host the 2020 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) siting financial constraints.
This announcement was made by the country’s Sports Minister Hugues Ngoelondele in a letter to CAF explaining the country’s situation and reasons behind their decision.
“We gave our agreement in principle for the organisation of the 2020 African Women Cup of Nations,” the letter began.
“This agreement was given without knowledge of the related specifications. 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.”
Congo were awarded the tournament’s hosting rights in September 2018 but with the latest development that is no longer feasible as CAF will now have to step in to salvage the situation.
It is expected that CAF will commence plans to find a new host in coming months with the 2020 AWCON due to kick off on November 23 and run until December 1.