Ghana is set to submit proposals to the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) seeking to host the 2017 edition of the biggest football tournament on the continent.
This was disclosed by Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga on Tuesday. "I am happy to announce that Ghana will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations. #GHForAFCON2017," Mr. Ayariga tweeted.
The slot had originally been booked by Libya who had to drop the bid due to an escalation of tensions in that country.
Last week, CAF announced that Libya had decided to pull out of hosting the prestigious event for security reasons after a crunch meeting between Libyan sports officials and CAF president Issa Hayatou at CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
A statement published on the CAF website Saturday stated: "owing to the unstable security situation in the country, Libya would not be able to host the AFCON in 2017."
The statement added that CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani has informed all 54-member associations of the decision and that new bids to host the tournament will now be accepted with a September 30 deadline.
"The CAF Executive Committee will select a host country whose dossier guarantees that accommodation, transportation and hotel facilities, as well as training sites and stadiums already exist," the statement continued.
According to the continental football governing body, a decision on a new host country will be made in 2015.
Libya was scheduled to host the 2013 tournament but had to pass on hosting duties to South Africa for security reasons and this scenario seems to be replaying itself ahead of 2017.
If successful, the West African country will be hosting Africa's biggest football tournament for the second time in nine years. Ghana hosted the 2008 edition and in the year 200 co-hosted with Nigeria after original hosts Zimbabwe was dropped.