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Cat out of bag, apparently; 2017 AFCON to be in Algeria

Algeria signs contract with Chinese for Olympic Stadium renovation and Hyatt Hotel Project in Algiers


ON October 14, 2014, China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd (Algeria) signed a contract with Algeria Hotel Investment Company (SIH) on the turnkey project of Olympic Stadium of July 4th, 1962 – Renovation & Extension and Hyatt Hotel.

Based on the contract, the existing stadium shall be expanded from 64,000 seats to 80,000 seats along with the additional capping of roof in cable membrane structure. The renovated stadium will become the main venue of 2017 African Cup as well as a modern sports venue for multiple international sports events in Fifa ‘A’ standard. The contract also includes a new 258-room four-star Hyatt Hotel.

Confident

Designed by the Italian design firm, Fabris & Partners, the Project has the total contract value of US$754 million with the work period of 20 months.

The African Football Confederation [CAF] has recently and repeatedly said they were confident that there will be a host for the 2017 AFCON after the pull-out of original host Libya.

Decided

Hosts for the 2015 [Equatorial Guinea], 2019 [Cameroon] and 2021 [Cote d’Ivoire] editions have already been decided.

With the apparent readiness of Algeria, pundits predict that they will be the hosts CAF will eventually pick on and announce.

Algeria hosted the 1990 Africa Cup of Nation in Algiers and the eastern city of Annaba. The July 4th Stadium hosted the final in which the home team lifted the Cup after beating Nigeria.

Captain

Kenya’s Harambee Stars, under coach Mohammed Kheri, took part in the championship playing in Annaba against Zambia, Senegal and Cameroon. Gor Mahia defender, Austin Oduor, captained the team.

– Additional reporting by cscec.com, Overseas Operations