Ethiopia Capable of Hosting AFCON Featured

15 Mar 2017
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Addis Ababa March 15/2017 Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen assured the CAF General Assembly about Ethiopia's capability in hosting African Cup of Nations underlining development of sport infrastructures is well underway.

While addressing the 39th General Assembly of African Football Federation (CAF), Demeke said that Ethiopia has been prioritizing the development of sport infrastructures, particularly stadiums.

The nation has constructed four stadiums that meet the standards of International Football Federation.

The Deputy Premier added that the construction of a stadium with the capacity of 60,000 spectators is underway in Addis Ababa.

In addition to the public investment in the sector, private companies are also taking part in developing some infrastructures, he said, mentioning the stadium built by Sheik Mohammed Hussein Ali Alamoud.

The infrastructures developed so far have built the country’s capacity, he said, adding improving Ethiopia’s capability in hosting tournaments such as African Cup of Nations.

He stressed the need for African countries to work together to develop football. “This is the time on which we should work hard to upgrade the level of football in the continent and we should work in unison for the fruition of this goal."

The 39th General Assembly of CAF is underway at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

Apart from the Deputy Premier, FIFA’s President Gianni Stefano, CAF Prisedent Issa Hayatu, Minister of Youth and Sports Eristu Yirda, CAF Executive Committee Members and renowned footballers are presiding over the conference.

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