— Published 14 March 2022

Guinea changes everything

The organising committee of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Guinea in 2025 has been changed. A presidential decree, signed by the head of the ruling junta, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, has changed everything. The president of the organising committee, former Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow, was sacked. The same fate befell other personalities linked to the former government, including the former governor of Conakry, Mathurin Bangoura. Instead, the military in power since the coup in September 2021 have appointed one of their men to lead the preparation of the event, the new Minister of Sports, the former Belgian-Guinean boxer Lansana Béa Diallo. The new organising committee, composed of 35 people, includes two former footballers, Djibril Diarra and Aboubacar Titi Camara. The challenge for Guinea is to host the continental tournament in only three years in a country that still lacks infrastructure to the standards of an African Cup of Nations. As a reminder, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was forced to review its plans after awarding three successive editions of the CAN in 2014. For 2019, Egypt finally replaced Cameroon. For 2021, Cameroon was preferred to Côte d’Ivoire, initially chosen. But the Ivorians have recovered the 2023 edition. As for Guinea, which should have hosted the tournament in 2023, it could console itself with the 2025 edition.