Senegal and Nigeria have been announced as hosts of the next two editions of the West Africa Football Union (Wafu) Cup of Nations scheduled for September 2019 and 2021 respectively.
The sub-regional competition was revived last year courtesy a massive sponsorship from Fox Sports. Ghana hosted and won the competition after beating Nigeria 4-1 in the final.
Wafu is split into two zones – A (Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone) & B comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Togo).
And with Ghana which hosted the 2017 tournament emerging from Zone B, the next edition is to be staged by a country from the former pool as per a rotational agreement with title sponsors.
In an announcement Tuesday, Fox Sports said: “Senegal will become the first Zone A team to host for next year’s two-week tournament in September 2019.
“Nigeria has been named as home to the third edition of the Wafu Cup of Nations, also to take place in September 2021.
“All matches will be broadcast exclusively for football fans across Africa, and the world, live on FOX Sports, the global leader in premium sports broadcasting.”
The multi-year partnership between FOX Sports and the West African Football Union (Wafu) Zones A and B was announced in December 2016, to provide a long-term injection of investment into infrastructure, training and development of West African football, across 16 countries over a period of 12 years.
The first edition of the Wafu Cup of Nations was beamed live across 125 million households with over 300 million viewers globally.