Nigeria has suspended its bid for the 2020 Africa Women's Cup of Nations (AWCON) amidst the coronavirus crisis.
CAF was yet to announce the host of the 2020 edition after the initial host Congo-Brazzaville withdrew late last year. The qualifying matches for the tournament that had been scheduled to take place in May were also put off indefinitely.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) said that the country's priority at the moment is tackling the coronavirus that has infected at least 275 and killed six people in the country.
“The NFF’s priority now is the battle against coronavirus, which is affecting the whole world. We want to win the battle by getting a cure so that sporting activities will resume,” the NFF secretary-general Mohammed Sanusi said.
“We cannot start discussing or lobbying CAF now for the hosting right of the African Women Championship when there is a global health issue affecting the lives of people every day.” He concluded.
The other country that had expressed interest in hosting the biannual tournament was Equatorial Guinea.
In March, CAF had said that both Nigeria's and Equatorial Guinea's bids were unsatisfactory and requested them to work on them.
"We considered that the two applications were not complete. So countries had to provide additional items. We were to have the name of the host country at the end of April. But as the meeting of the Executive Committee has been postponed, there is no new date yet," CAF's acting secretary-general Abdel Bah told Afrique Football Media.
The 12th edition of AWCON 2020 will be expanded from eight to 12 teams. The tournament is scheduled for 23 November to 20 December 2020 with final qualifiers that were set for April cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.