Algeria is considering withdrawing the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) as the row between the nation and CAF escalates.
According to Algerian press reports, Algeria is incensed by what it terms as "disrespectful and inappropriate response by CAF president Ahmad Ahmad pertaining to the just concluded African Cup of Nations Futsal.
Algeria strongly protested the decision by CAF to host the tournament in Laayoune, the principal city of the disputed region of Sahrawi. Sahrawi is fighting for international recognition as an independent state while Morocco claims that it's part of their sovereign state.
No economic value
South Africa joined Algeria in voicing their concern over the choice of hosts and later pulled out of the tournament. Mauritius was chosen as a replacement but also pulled out after just one game. South Africa and Mauritius were slapped with $75,000 fine for their actions.
Algerian sports website Sports News DZ also writes that the Algerian government has said that the nation stands to reap nothing from hosting the pan African tournament. Government economists contend that the $6 million needed to host the tournament will have a huge impact on the nation's economy with no tangible returns.
Algeria had identified Algiers, Oran, TiziOuzu and Anabba as the cities earmarked to host the 16-team tournament that is eligible to players plying their trade in domestic leagues.
The withdrawal will however have serious monetary ramifications.
Article 92 of the CAF rules and regulations stipulate a fine of $50,000 for withdrawal from hosting if notification of withdrawal is given with more than two years before the actual start date. The fine goes up to $150,000 if notification is with less than two years.
A nation that withdraws from hosting less than a year to the start date faces a fine of $250,000 and suspension from the next edition, while $500,000 and suspension from the next two editions is the penalty for a withdrawal notice of fewer than six months.
Morocco who withdrew their hosting rights two months before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations for fear of spreading the Ebola virus, was suspended from both the 2017 and 2019 editions. The suspension was lifted following the intervention of the International Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
The 2020 CHAN is set for April 4 to 24 in Cameroon.