Libya will no longer host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017. A Libyan delegation led by the country's Minister of Youth and Sports and included the president of the Libyan Football Federation revealed in a meeting with CAF President Issa Hayatou that owing to the unstable security situation in the country, Libya would not be able to host the Afcon in 2017.
The meeting took place on 22nd August 2014 at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Consequently, the Secretary General of CAF, Hicham El Amrani, dispatched a circular on 23rd August, 2014 to all 54 member associations informing them of the decision and "opening bids for the hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
"The designation of the Host for this competition will be made according to the statutory provisions of CAF, especially in conformity with articles 27 to 47 of the Regulations Governing the Application of CAF Statutes.
The CAF headquarters in Cairo will receive applications until Tuesday 30th September, 2014.
In addition to the government guarantee, and considering the limited time left for the organization of the 2017 edition, the CAF Executive Committee will select a host country whose dossier guarantees that accommodation, transportation and hotels facilities, as well as training sites and stadiums already exist.
The designation of the host country will be made at a meeting of the Executive Committee in 2015.