Guinea’s military junta has insisted it is committed to hosting the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, and will release funds and fast-track access to land to help the country’s preparations.
The announcement on Monday came ahead of a two-day visit by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to monitor Guinea’s progress on staging the event.
The political situation in the West African country, which has been under military rule since a coup last year, has led to concerns over security and organisation for the 2025 finals, which saw Nigeria offer to step in.
However, the head of Guinea’s military government, Col Mamady Doumbouya, declared that hosting the 2025 Nations Cup was an issue of “national and priority interest”.
All spending for organisational needs will be processed “as a matter of urgency”, he said in a decree on state TV.
The junta also declared that land needed for the tournament will fall into the category of public interest, and any property transactions or work not related to the competition will be banned on these sites.