Ghanaian and international football players and officials will gather at the international conference centre in Accra on 8 September for the official launch of the next African Cup of Nations, which is being hosted by Ghana in January-February 2008. The launch will provide an opportunity to assess the state of preparations for the pan-African football tournament, which include overhauling existing stadiums in the capital and in Kumasi, Ghanas second city, and building new structures elsewhere.
On 9 September around 200 young footballers from the Accra metropolis will come together on the pitch at the University of Ghana, Legon, for a special clinic aimed at encouraging new talent. Instruction will be given by Cameroonian soccer legend Roger Milla and three-time African footballer of the year Abedi Ayew Pele from Ghana, among others.
The African Cup of Nations has been held every two years since 1968. The 2006 event was hosted by Egypt, which also won the tournament, while Ghana co-hosted the competition with Nigeria in 2000.