(WFI) Seven countries are bidding to replace Libya as hosts of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Confederation of African Football said on Tuesday that it had received applications from seven member associations for the tournament’s hosting rights.

They are: Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Nominations were opened on 23 August following the withdrawal of Libya, original host of the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. Libya dropped out due to the “unstable security situation” in the country.

The host country will be decided by the CAF Executive Committee in the first quarter of next year.

Due to the limited time-frame for the organisation of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, CAF has told the bids it will “focus on the host with acceptable infrastructure and facilities required (stadia, training grounds, accommodation, communications) in making a decision”.

Morocco will host the 2015 edition of the tournament.

Last month, CAF appointed Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea as hosts of the 2019, 2021 and 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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