The Confederation of African Football has revealed that Congo Brazzaville has emerged as a strong candidate to host the 2019 rearranged Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking to Radio France International, CAF vice president, Constant Omari, also said that the dossier of Guinea, hosts-designate of the 2023 edition, does not exist.
Omari said: “Congo Brazzaville has written to organise (2019).
“Our (CAF) secretary-general, Anthony Baffoe, told me that he was going to tell me of a second candidate.”
Morocco is widely considered the favourite to take on the tournament which was taken away from Cameroon due to delays with preparations and security concerns.
Omari, however, played down the Moroccan interest.
“Officially, no act of candidature has been deposited with CAF,” he said.
The decision to ditch Cameroon for 2019 has created a confusing merry-go-round as CAF has now suggested that Cameroon might host the 2021 edition, which was originally given to Ivory Coast who would, in turn, replace Guinea as hosts of 2023.
The Ivorians responded angrily this week, saying that “no one in the federation has been contacted or approached by CAF.”