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A Le Monde report claimed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is considering postponing the next edition of the continent’s flagship football championship in the Ivory Coast.

Mmegi Online reports that the South African billionaire, who has served as CAF President since March 2021, met with Botswana’s Minister of Sport, Gender, Youth and Culture Tumiso Rakgare as well as officials from the Botswana Football Association to discuss the bid.

Okubule, who was the second Nigerian referee to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations after Sunny Woghiren in 1974, was nicknamed ‘Showboy’ for his demonstrative stance on the pitch and his immaculate dressing. He refereed at the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.

A narrow 2-1 aggregate win over Ghana’s Black Queens saw the Super Falcons to this stage, where they face high-scoring Lady Elephants who mauled their counterparts from Niger Republic 20-0 on aggregate in the previous round. The Lady Elephants contingent arrived in Nigeria on Monday night.

Yet the Reds boss doesn’t believe it possible for the 29-year-old, who has scored 148 goals in 229 appearances for the club with whom he has won the Champions League and Premier League, to have any greater determination to succeed.

NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi confirmed this Tuesday, saying: “We have received the technical report on the AFCON 2021 and we are presently studying it, in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Once the study and appraisal are done with, we will make known our position”.

The 32-year-old former Gunners captain arrived in Spain on Monday morning, sparking rumours of a loan move to the La Liga side although confusion reigned as no agreement had been reached.