Libya hang on to Africa Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says Libya will still host the 2013 African Cup of Nations.But with rebels looking to overthrow leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and in control of large parts of the country’s east and violence continuing, other options are being explored.

CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani told the BBC he is concerned by the ongoing violence in Libya.

“Of course we are thinking about it as a matter of priority,” El Amrani said.

“All the tournaments that Libya has agreed to host – not only the Africa Cup of Nations but also the CHAN (African Nations Championship) and the Futsal Championship next year are today still held in Libya.”

“At the same time the CAF executive committee is thinking about plan Bs or plan Cs.”

“We agreed an internal timeline (for the) latest moment at which we should decide on switching the tournament to another venue but as of today the Nations Cup of 2013 is still in Libya.”

The CAF has already shifted one event set down for Libya this year, when it moved the African under-20 tournament to South Africa.

“It was a challenge; when it became clear that it was impossible to organise it, we only had about five weeks to look for another host,” El Amrani said.

“We were grateful to have South Africa ready to host – they did a terrific job.”