Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

CAF strips Cameroon of 2019 Africa cup of Nations hosting rights

Cameroon Loses Eligibility to Host Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Morocco's Sofiane Boufal at tonight's CAN qualifier against Cameroon
Sergio Cook | 01 December, 2018, 10:57

Cameroon have been stripped of hosting next year's Africa Cup of Nations, says the Confederation of African Football.

Ahmed was speaking after a 10 hour CAF executive meeting held behind closed doors in the Ghanaian capital.

Despite CAF president Ahmad Ahmad assuring that the tournament won't be moved from Cameroon after receiving assurances from the hosting nation, the continental federation have opted for otherwise on Friday.

Decision as to who replace Cameroon was not taken.

The African soccer body gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.

Alarm bells were sounded over the 2019 event at a September executive committee meeting in Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh when CAF noted "a significant delay in the realisation of the infrastructures" necessary for holding the Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Cameroon will not host the tournament as earlier planned.

Ahmad observed: "Football in Africa depends on our governments".

Morocco, which this year lost out to a join United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, is the favourite to step in and has frequently been touted as a short-notice host during Cameroon's troubled preparations.

The 2013 finals were to be held in Libya but the security situation there meant they were moved to South Africa.

The tournament is scheduled to be played June 15 to July 13 and is the first African Cup to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

Local and global news outlets have repeatedly speculated this year that Morocco might replace Cameroon.

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