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CAF: Cameroon won’t host 2019 African cup of nations tourney

01 December, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Cup of Nations in June

The Confederation of African Football Friday stripped Cameroon of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece.

When CAF president Ahmad went to Cameroon in October he told the country's President Paul Biya in front of assembled reporters: "CAF has no Plan B, nor have we ever considered taking the Nations Cup away from Cameroon".

The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) today makes the following statement, detailing the important measures taken at the Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee in Accra, Ghana, on November 30, 2018.

Morocco, who were unsuccessful in their bid for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, are most likely to replace Cameroon as hosts.

Increasing the field of the Nations Cup and switching its hosting to mid-year were among reforms announced last year in a major overhaul of the African game.

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".

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Countries like South Africa and Morocco have shown interest in hosting the tournament which is expected to start in June 2019.

CAF's decision came as little surprise back in Cameroon.

Kenya was declared unfit to host the Africa Nations Championships (Chan) in January this year.

Cameroon is experiencing a tense security situation with persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions.

And it will be the first to feature 24 teams - up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.

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