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1st March 2011, 02:35 PM
President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi has refuted reports that Ghana has applied to host Africa Under 20 Championship expected to take place in Libya this month.

Political turmoil in Libya where protesters are calling for the exit of President Muhammar Quathafi appears to have made it impossible for the competition to come off in the rich Arab country from March 18 to April 1.

This fuelled reports that Ghana and South Africa have bid to host the youth competition though the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) says it was yet to come out with a decision to shift the championship from Libya.

CAF President, Issa Hayatou said the Executive Committee will meet “very soon” on the matter before making a decision on moving the eight-nation championship.

“We will sit as the CAF executive and study the option and see what will be the state that will replace (Libya),” Hayatou said.

But the FA Boss who arrived in the country Saturday afternoon after being elected into the executive council of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) said Ghana had not bid to host the competition.

According to him, the FA was yet to consider a decision on the matter and therefore the country cannot host the competition.

Report however indicates that South Africa and Algeria have expressed interest to host the competition should CAF decide to change the venue for the eight-team competition.

The Black Satellites are the defending African champions after winning the title in Rwanda two years ago.

Ghana, Cameroon, Gambia, Nigeria, Egypt, Lesotho, Libya and Mali are the eight teams that would be competing for laurels in the two weeks event.

Four teams will qualify for the FIFA-organized Under-20 World Cup in Colombia in July.

By Charles Nixon Yeboah