Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation.
Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has delayed plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament.
Ethiopia, who hosted the tournament in 1962, 1968 and 1976, say they will submit their proposal immediately.
Kenya said in a statement that they are also considering a joint bid with Tanzania or Uganda or Rwanda.
On Tuesday, Ghana sports minister, Mahama Ayariga, wrote on his Twitter page: “I am happy to announce that Ghana will bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.”
The Confederation of African Football has set a deadline of 30 September for countries to express their interest in hosting the tournament.
A decision on Libya’s replacement will be made in 2015.