The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has set 11 November as the deadline for countries to declare interest in staging the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.
A new host must be found after Guinea was stripped of rights because of concerns over infrastructure and facilities.
The continent’s governing body expects finalised bids, including documents, proposed host cities and government guarantees, to reach its Cairo headquarters by 16 December.
Caf inspection teams will tour bidding countries from 5 to 25 January next year in its quest to find a suitable replacement for Guinea.
Findings from the inspections will be submitted to the 24-member Caf executive committee, which will announce the successful country or co-hosts to stage the 2025 finals on 10 February.
A top Caf official told BBC Sport Africa that the body wants to avoid the embarrassment of awarding the event to countries who are “unable to raise good infrastructure and hospitality to show to the rest of the world”.
Morocco expected to bidSome countries have already shown interest in bidding for the 35th edition of the continent’s showpiece, but they are yet to make official declarations.
Morocco, which hosted this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in July, intends to apply to host the 2025 men’s finals, a source within the Royal Moroccan Football Federation indicated
Nigeria’s early interest to step in and co-host with Benin has gone quiet since Amaju Pinnick’s exit as president of the country’s football body (NFF).
Bids from Algeria, South Africa and Senegal have only been speculative, although public interest is overwhelmingly in favour of the latter staging the competition.