Cameroon Lose AFCON 2019 Hosting Rights Over Poor Preparation

01 December, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • New Caf President Ahmad Ahmad

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Cameroon of the right to host next year's African Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.

The African football's governing body's Executive Committee held an extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana to decide the fate of Cameroon's hosting of the tournament.

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.

With this victory, Cameroon has also qualified for the Women's World Cup, which will hold in France, next year. After significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over almost 18 months, CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met.

At that time, a report by the last inspection team to Cameroon revealed "a significant delay as far as the delivery of infrastructure is concerned".


Earlier this year, Morocco's sports officials denied that Morocco wanted to replace Cameroon and repeatedly said that Morocco supports Cameroon's bid.

The Cup of Nations is no stranger to dramatic subplots.

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

The country's status as hosts of AFCON has been in doubt for the last few months since the decision was made to increase the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.

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