Guinea was originally scheduled to host the continental tournament in 2023, but the list of host nations was revised in 2018.
The military government of Guinea has informed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) mission that it will meet the timetable to organize the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.
CAF has sent a team to the West African country to assess its readiness to host the tournament.
Colonel Mamadi Domboya, who appointed himself president after taking power in a coup in September 2021, met the delegation on Wednesday.
They came with a message, and this message was, Is 2025 possible for us [Guineans] or not? ‘ said Sports Minister Lansana Pia Diallo.
He said the CAF team had anticipated the possibility of postponing the 2025 African Cup of Nations until 2026 or 2027.
State television quoted the minister as saying late Wednesday: “The president was clear – ‘We have made this a national priority, the national priority for 2025, we will not go to 2026 or 2027, we will organize it in 2025’,” he said.
“And this is the speech of the head of state that was given today,” he said.
Hosting Africa’s largest sporting event presents a major challenge to Guinea, which suffers from a chronic lack of sporting infrastructure and transportation.
The country also has a long history of political turmoil.
Last year’s coup saw the removal of octogenarian President Alpha Conde after bloody protests over his bid for a third term in office.
The seizure of power sparked friction with the influential West African group, which has been pressing for an early return to civilian rule.
On the eve of the CAF visit, Domboeya issued a resolution declaring the 2025 competition an issue of “national and priority interest”.
All spending on organizational needs “will be promptly addressed” and procedures for allocating the necessary land for the tournament will be accelerated.
In March, Domboya appointed a new organizing committee after one of its members publicly doubted whether the tournament could be hosted in 2025.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation appears encouraged by the visit.
“Today we are really assured that Guinea is ready,” said one of its members, Maturin de Chacos.
“He spoke like a soldier – he is determined to organize the African Cup of Nations for the Guinean audience,” Domboya said in televised comments.
He said that the delegation would brief the Confederation of African Football on the outcome of its mission.
Guinea was originally scheduled to host the tournament in 2023, but that was postponed by two years when the list of organizing nations was revised in 2018.
Ivory Coast will host the 2023 event.