The Confederation of African Football Executive Committee stripped Kenya of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship last month ©CAF

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to name a new host of the 2018 African Nations Championship on Saturday (October 14).

Equatorial Guinea and Morocco both submitted bids to replace Kenya as hosts of the competition for locally-based players, which is scheduled for January.

Ethiopia had also bid but the Government failed to provide backing, which therefore ruled them out of contention.

According to BBC Sport, a new host will be named at an emergency CAF Executive Committee meeting in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

Kenya were stripped of the event by the CAF Executive Committee during its meeting in Accra in Ghana on September 23.

It followed the recommendation of a CAF inspection team, led by FIFA Council member and vice-president Constant Omari.

They reported that only one of the four venues necessary to stage the tournament, due to take place between January 12 and February 4 next year, was ready. 

The event differs from the higher-level Africa Cup of Nations as only players who represent clubs on the continent are allowed to take part.

There was also concern about the political situation in Kenya, where recently annulled Presidential elections are set to be rerun on October 26. 

Football Federation Kenya (KFK) President Nick Mwendwa had promised to resign if the country lost the hosting rights.

Mwendwa has since made a U-turn on his original stance, claiming he only made the pledge if the KFK were found to be responsible.

He has now blamed the Kenyan Government.

Members of the Africa Cup of Nations Organising Committee held their first meeting yesterday ©CAF
Members of the Africa Cup of Nations Organising Committee held their first meeting yesterday ©CAF

Members of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Organising Committee also held their first meeting at the CAF headquarters in Cairo yesterday.

CAF President Ahmad, who goes by only one name, was keen to preside over the first meeting of those responsible for the body's flagship tournament and main source of revenue.

The President reaffirmed that Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea will remain as hosts of the next three editions of the tournament in 2019, 2021 and 2023 respectively.

"Our role is to best accompany Cameroon, which organises AFCON in 2019, in a new format, to properly fill in the list of requirements of the host agreement, which is not a static document and that you have the possibility to improve now that you have taken up your duties," Ahmad said.

An inspection visit to Cameroon was postponed by CAF after auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers withdrew in August.

It had been claimed that the reason behind the postponement of the inpsection, where the committee were due to assess the current state of affairs in the country, was due to concerns over the security levels for the visiting officials.

Ahmad had warned Cameroon had to "convince" the governing body that they were ready to stage the event but now appears to have put his fears aside.