Africa football’s governing body, CAF has stripped Cameroon of hosting right for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
CAF says its decision is because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparation for the tournament, due to start in June.
The resolve was made at The Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting on Friday in Accra, Ghana, that lasted more than 10 hours.
Ahmad Ahmad, CAF president says it will work to “determine a new organising country by the end of the year”. The Malagasy said last year that Cameroon still needed “to convince CAF of its ability” to host the tournament, with the country playing down fears sanctions would be imposed if preparations were deemed to be behind schedule.
However in August, Amaju Pinnick, chairman of CAF’s Nations Cup organising committee, said “nobody is going to take it away from Cameroon”. Now, it has been taken away!
CAF released the official result of their decision on Twitter as follows:
“Today, the @CAF_Online Executive Committee met in Accra, Ghana and has decided that @FecafootOfficie could not host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations – Further information will follow soon…”
Today, the @CAF_Online Executive Committee met in Accra, Ghana and has decided that @FecafootOfficie could not host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations – Further information will follow soon at: https://t.co/9LkqZloPx3 pic.twitter.com/hV93vH2R0h
— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 30, 2018
Morocco has been touted as potential hosts, having stepped in to hold this year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) after Kenya were deemed not ready.
Union of Arab Football Associations president, Turki Al-Shaikh pledged support for Morocco to host the AFCON instead of Cameroon.
“As President of the Arab Football Federation, I declare my full support to the brotherly Morocco to host the African Cup of Nations instead of Cameroon, and I am also announcing the mobilisation of all our resources in the case of a need if the Moroccan brothers ask us,” Al-Shaikh writes on Twitter.
Other possible countries that could host Africa are South Africa and Egypt – going by reports.
Earlier in the day, speculations emanated that Cameroon will lose their hosting rights. Now, it is official!
The tournament is set to be held in June and July and will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
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