Botswana has indictated their willingness to co host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals with Zimbabwe on obtaining the required government guarantee.
Talks between Zimbabwe and Zambia did not go down well when a Zimbabwean representative visited Lusaka for negotiations last week.
Jonathan Mashingaidze the Zimbabwe Football Association ( ZIFA) Chief Executive confirmed the development.
“They have responded well and they are very keen. We are still working on the document for the bid,” Mashingaidze said.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretariat in Cairo Egypt requires bids to be submitted by Next week Tuesday.
Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are considering submitting joint bids while Ghana and Algeria who have hosted the Games in the past are also interested.
Botswana Football Association chief executive officer Keith Masters wrote a letter to ZIFA where he said: “We are delighted that the ZIFA would consider the Botswana Football Association (BFA) as a partner and our country as worthy co-hosts.
“Our federation has been exploring the possibility of a bid to co-host the Afcon 2017 finals since the call for applications was made by the Caf general secretary, and we, too, were considering an invitation to Zimbabwe.
“We must, of course, obtain full government backing and we are in the process of seeking undertakings and guarantees from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture.
“I noted from our conversation earlier that you already have the backing and support of your respective government.
“Please accept this letter as the BFA’s commitment to jointly hosting the finals with you. I will revert as soon as I have a response from the ministry.”
The 2017 finals have had to be moved from Libya where they were due to be hosted due to the ongoing war.
In the year 2000 Zimbabwe had been given the opportunity to host the games but they had to be moved to Ghana and Nigeria due to the Zimbabwean government`s failure to acquire government guarantee and in 2010 also lost the rights to Angola.
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