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(EBC; March 15, 2017) - Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen assured the Confederation of African Football (CAF) about Ethiopia's capability to host African Cup of Nations highlighting development of sports infrastructure is well underway in the country.
While addressing the 39th General Assembly of CAF on Wednesday, Demeke said that Ethiopia has been prioritizing the development of sports infrastructure including stadiums.
He said the nation has constructed four stadiums that meet the standards of the international governing body of football, FIFA.
The Deputy Premier added that construction of a stadium with a capacity of 60,000 spectators is underway in Addis Ababa.
In addition to public investment in the sector, private companies are also taking part in the development of infrastructure, he said, mentioning the stadium built by Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi.
Demeke stressed the need for African countries to work together to develop football.
The 39th General Assembly of CAF is underway at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa.
Besides the Deputy Premier, FIFA President Gianni Stefano, CAF Prisedent Issa Hayatu, Minister of Youth and Sports Eristu Yirda, CAF Executive Committee Members and renowned footballers are attending the General Assembly.