CAF withdraws AFCON 2019 hosting rights from Cameroon

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad

Cameroon was on Friday stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece, organisers the Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced.

The decision was reached on Friday after the CAF executive committee held a meeting in Accra, Ghana.

Legit.ng recalls that Nigeria booked their 2019 African Cup of Nations ticket with one match to spare after playing 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg.

But a well orchestrated goal from Lebo Mothiba in the 26th minute ensured the Bafana Bafana avoided defeat in the game after danger man Percy Tau dribbled past two Nigerian defenders.

Aside delays as per reports of inspection teams within the last 18 months, security in the country is said to be at high risk.

CAF sent several inspection teams to Cameroon to check on the progress of the construction of five stadiums proposed for the tournament.




The tournament is set to be the first held in June and July and will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

There was a "horrific escalation of violence" in recent months in those regions, Amnesty International said.

Claiming they are being marginalized in the largely French-speaking country, the English-speaking, or Anglophone, separatists vowed to disrupt and even attack the African Cup if it went ahead.

Morocco, who unsuccessfully bid for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, are likely to replace Cameroon as hosts.

The new host is expected to be named before the end of the year, a CAF executive committee member told Reuters.

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