CAF receives 2017 Africa Cup of Nations bids

Seven nations are bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Getty Images)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has received bids from seven member nations to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Any nation wishing to put forward its nomination to host the biennial event was set a deadline of 30 September.

The tournament's most successful side Egypt has submitted a bid, as have Algeria, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Originally Libya was set to host the 2017 Cup of Nations, but it pulled out in August citing the unstable security situation in the country.

CAF's executive committee will now decide on the host nation during one of its 2015 sessions.

Outlining the criteria for selection, CAF released a statement that read: "Due to the limited time frame for the organisation of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the CAF executive committee will focus on the host with acceptable infrastructure and facilities required [stadia, training grounds, accommodation, communications etc.] in making a decision."

Morocco will host the 2015 Cup of Nations, which begins in January.

Source Omnisport