Morocco will not bid to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals after the chance came through when holders Cameroon were stripped of the hosting rights due to poor preparations a few weeks ago.
A lot of expectation across the continent were on Morocco bidding for the rights, having done the same for the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) after Kenya was stripped.
The country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi however, has confirmed that they don’t intend to host the tournament.
As quoted by BBC, Rachid Talbi Alami said "Morocco did not intend to run for the 2019 African Cup of Nations and will not do so."
The north African nation has only ever hosted the tournament once, in 1988, and in June this year they failed with a fifth bid to host the World Cup after losing to Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Meanwhile interested parties have until 10 pm on Friday 14 December to make official bids.
The 2019 AFCON finals will be the first to have 24 teams, a change from the 16 earlier, and will be held in June/July.