The Confederation of African Football, CAF has granted the hosting rights to the 5th edition of the Total African Nations Championship, CHAN to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
The decision was taken at an Emergency Committee meeting of CAF chaired by its president Ahmad Ahmad in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday.
Following the withdrawal of the hosting rights to Kenya in September, applications for the right to host was received from Morocco and Equatorial Guinea with that of the North Africans granted.
The Ethiopian Football Federation, which had also expressed its willingness to host the tournament, did not provide the government’s letter of guarantee, which is a mandatory document required by the rules of application of CAF Statutes.
With Morocco now qualified as host of Total CHAN, the CAF Emergency Committee, meeting in Lagos, decided to qualify Egypt for the final tournament.
In the playoffs in the Northern zone, Egypt was beaten by Morocco.
Meanwhile, the Emergency Committee rejected Mali’s protest and confirmed the qualification of Mauritania which will be participating in Total CHAN for the 2nd time, after 2014 in South Africa.
Sixteen national teams will feature in the competition reserved exclusively for players playing in the national championships of their respective countries.
Total CHAN, Morocco 2018 is scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018.