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08.04.2015 Cup of Nations

Ghana losing out on hosting AFCON 2017 is unfortunate-Vice FA President Fred Crentsil

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Vice President of the Ghana Football Association Fred Crentsil has described Ghana losing out to Gabon on hosting AFCON 2017 as unfortunate.

Cretsil, who was a member of Ghana's bid committee has expressed shock at news that Ghana came out short to Gabon in the race to land the rights to host the Africa cup of nations in 2017.

Ghana's bid looked certain to fail when FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi and Mr Tony Baffoe both of whom have huge clouds at the corridors of CAF were excluded from the bid committee from onset.

“I do not think the absence of Mr Nyantakyi in the bid committee played a role in us losing the bid however I still have to wait for my colleagues who went to Cairo to return,” Crentsil told Accra based Citi FM

Gabon who last co-hosted the competition in 2012 is said to have profited from readily aided Equatorial Guinea with security and vehicles to successfully host the last edition after Morocco pulled out at the eleventh hour.

“We knew Gabon were a direct opponent and we were looking to beat them but it unfortunate that we lost out.”

Most Ghanaian have reacted to the news of Ghana's snub by CAF with jolly citing the country's current economic woes as more important than hosting the entire Africa but Crentsil says hosting the AFCON would have brought more benefits to the country at a difficult moment.

“When we hosting the AFCON its not only football that gets the benefits the economy as a whole we develop and grow infrastructures so for me it would have helped.”

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