Official: Cameroon lose AFCON 2019 hosting rights, new host to be named early 2019
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.
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.
“After significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over nearly 18 months, CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met,” CAF statement read.
“In addition, after having heard from representatives of the governmental and sports authorities of Cameroon, and reviewed the latest progress on preparations, CAF notes the gap between the requirements of hosting the AFCON and realities on the ground.”
“Furthermore, after hearing the conclusions of the CAF Security Inspection Team during their most recent visit to Cameroon, CAF concludes that the Africa Cup of Nations could not be exposed to any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition.”
“After having considered that a simple postponement of the tournament was impossible because of CAF’s contractual commitments, and the importance of maintaining the competition calendar, the CAF Executive Committee decided that the next edition of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations could not be held in Cameroon.”
It’s worth recalling that Cameroon were champions in AFCON 2017 after defeating Egypt 2-1 in the final in Gabon.
The statement also included that interested nations to replace Cameroon as hosts will have until end of the year to submit bids, with CAF taking a final decision afterwards
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