CAF 2013 decision angers Nigeria
CAF decided Tuesday that while South Africa, who were to stage the 2017 edition of the tournament, will now welcome the best African teams to the 2013 event, Libya would now host the 2017 competition.
However, Nigeria, who were placed on standby to stage the tournament in the event of the inability of Libya to host, said they are disappointed not to be considered to host the 2013 event.
“It is a very embarrassing and annoying situation what CAF is doing to us,” blasted general secretary of the NFF, Musa Amadu.
“Sincerely speaking, I cannot say the reason CAF refused to grant us the 2013 Nations Cup.
“We have done everything we were suppose to have done as regards our interest as early August, just what the South Africans were also doing.
“We wrote the CAF executive committee and now we can’t really understand their final decision.”
Nigeria have hosted the tournament twice, in 1980 as well as 2000 when he co-hosted with Ghana.
The country have also staged several major international sporting events including the U20 and U17 FIFA World Cups as well as two All Africa Games in 1973 and 2003.
The NFF also stand to lose much-needed revenue going by another CAF decision to centralise the television rights and marketing of the qualifying matches of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The NFF have a deal with a private television station that guarantees them closer to $2 million a year, but they will now have to cancel it going by the CAF decision on TV rights.