Nigeria and border country Benin Republic have submitted a bid to Confederation of African Football (CAF) to co-host the African Cup of Nations 2025.
Guinea was initially nominated to host the foremost African competition but has now withdrawn due to lack of funds and facilities.
South Africa, current winner Senegal and 2015 winner Zambia have also submitted their bids to host the biennial competition.
CAF inspection team will visit all the countries between January 5 and 25 to check their facilities.
The continent’s soccer governing body will choose the country or countries that will host the competition on February 10, 2023.
South Africa have the upper edge in this bid as they are known to already have solid facilities and infrastructure to host a competition of this size having hosted a bigger competition in 2010, the FIFA World Cup.
It would be recalled that Nigeria co-hosted the 2000 AFCON finals with Ghana.