Atlanta, Georgia (PressExposure) January 13, 2010 -- World Football Insider.com will provide in-depth coverage of the African Cup of Nations in Angola this month. The continental competition started last Sunday and will conclude Jan. 31.
Togoâs withdrawal following Fridayâs deadly terrorist attack by Angolan rebels overshadowed the opening of the 27th edition of the continental championship.
The 16-team tournament takes place in four cities â the capital Luanda, Cabinda, Benguela and Lubango. It will give an indication of the confederationâs organizational abilities in a country torn apart by more than 25 years of civil war.
âThis year is a massive year for African football and CAF president Issa Hayatou must show strong leadership throughout the rest of the competition following the Togo team bus tragedy,â WFI editor Mark Bisson said.
âItâs also a big opportunity for the 10 World Cup bids to make some impression on Africaâs four FIFA Executive Committee members, who will help decide the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December.â
âThe tournament also provides some indication of the strengths and weaknesses of the five World Cup-bound teams taking part,â Bisson added.
World Football Insider continued its comprehensive reporting of the 10 bids vying to stage FIFAâs 2018 or 2022 World Cup this week. The U.S. World Cup bid committee reached a milestone Tuesday when it unveiled the 18 candidate cities that it will include in its bid book submission to FIFA.
WFI also launched a new feature called The Monday Briefing, which rounds up 10 things anyone working in the global football business needs to know at the start of every week. It is a regular feature at http://www.WorldFootballinsider.com. To read the latest, visit http://www.worldfootballinsider.com/Story.aspx?id=32895
News organizations worldwide continue to turn World Football Insider for context and analysis. WFIâs correspondent James Corbett appeared on CNN Internationalâs World Sport Saturday to discuss the deadly attack on Togoâs football team. Corbett also appeared on BBC World Service radio to talk about football finances last week.
Readers also can access interviews with 2018/2022 World Cup bid leaders on WFIâs website. The latest Q&A was with Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia World Cup bid, published Jan. 7. To read the latest, visit http://www.worldfootballinsider.com/Story.aspx?id=32887
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