With concerns abound regarding its ability to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Libya has withdrawn from doing so.
According to the Confederation of African Football's official website, the decision was made largely due to the country's "unstable security situation."
Fighting within the nation has also delayed infrastructure plans, per Reuters (h/t Eurosport.com), and severely limited Libya's ability to prepare for the tournament.
The Confederation of African Football is now seeking other member nations to come forward and take over Libya's bid:
Any interested nation is being given a little over a month to prepare a bid of its own, according to CAF Media on Twitter:
Countries wishing to host #AFCON2017 have up to 30 September 2014 to send in expressions of interest to CAF HQ. Decision 2015 by CAF ExCo— CAF MEDIA (@CAF_Media) August 23, 2014
Although it isn't yet clear which nation will ultimately step up, Algeria is viewed as a strong contender, per SuperSport.com.
Algerian Football Federation President Mohamed Raouraoua claims that the nation is prepared to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations if needed.
"Algeria is ready to replace Libya in hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. I think we have everything necessary to receive such a huge event in our country," Raouraoua said.
Is the CAF right to strip Libya of its Africa Cup of Nations bid?
Algeria has evolved into the dominant African footballing nation after reaching the knockout round at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations would be yet another feather in the country's cap.
Even though Algeria hasn't won the tournament since 1990, it would be considered one of the top contenders, especially as the host nation.
This would have marked Libya's second time hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, and it is certainly unfortunate that it has to miss out on such a big opportunity.
With that said, the Confederation of African Football was left with no other choice. It can't afford to put its teams in a potentially dangerous situation, so holding the tournament in Libya was no longer a viable option.
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