Ethiopia Submits Application, Gears Up for Africa Cup of Nations, Announces PM Abiy

Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced today that Ethiopia has submitted its application to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the country is carrying out preparatory activities.

Prime Minister Abiy had a friendly match early this morning with some of Africa’s football legends who are in Ethiopia to participate in the Shenen Africa Festival.

Speaking at the occasion, the Prime Minister said that Ethiopia has thrown its hat into the ring to host the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations.

Acknowledging the Africa Cup of Nations requires complex procedures, the premier underscored that Ethiopia is intensifying consolidated efforts to make its request come true.

He pointed out that a thorough discussion was conducted on the matter with the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Prime Minister Abiy also believed that hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia will certainly stimulate Ethiopian football.

Moreover, AFCON will also bring about a great benefit to the countr
y’s development of the tourism sector.

Accordingly, the current visit of legendary African football players to Ethiopia, they are known for playing in the English Premier League and various European clubs will create a great opportunity to promote Ethiopia’s potential in this sphere.

According to him, Ethiopia is working hard through its diplomats to host AFCON and tremendous discussions including with the president of CAF have been underway.

‘If we succeed in these endeavors, our people will be informed and we will be engaging in the hotel and the stadium arrangements as well as other necessary preparation,’ PM Abiy stated.

Mentioning the significant role of the Great Run in promoting Ethiopia’s image across the globe, he further confirmed that work in various sports fields, including horse riding, will be reinforced.

Former African footballers, and other renowned figures from the continent have also left their Green Legacy footprint at Friendship Park, it was learnt.

On Friday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahm
ed and Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh met with former African footballers known for playing in the English Premier League and various European clubs, famous artists from the continent, influencers, and renowned designers who arrived in Ethiopia to participate in the Shenen Africa Festival.