Cameroon stripped of rights to host 2019 Africa Cup

01 December, 2018, 10:59 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Cup of Nations in June

Confederation of African Football have stripped Cameroon off the hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations billed for next summer.

He was speaking after a 10-hour CAF executive meeting held behind closed doors in the Ghanaian capital.

CAF president Ahmad announced a new bidding process was to be opened, with countries having until the end of December to submit bids.

Those preparations have been criticised regularly since Cameroon won the right to host in 2014, but gained momentum in September when CAF, which had previously been unwilling to criticise the country publicly, said there was a "significant delay" with stadiums and other tournament-related infrastructure.

African Cup hosting has been a major headache for CAF, with the last four tournaments not held in the country they were initially awarded to.

Morocco immediately said it was ready to replace Cameroon, beginning more than a year of claims and counter-claims that CAF intended taking the tournament away from Cameroon and giving it to the north African country. 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.

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

Ahmad observed: "Football in Africa depends on our governments".

In 1995 Kenya withdrew as hosts, citing financial difficulties, with South Africa stepping in and going on to be crowned champions.

CAN, also called AFCON, will take place June 15 to July 13, 2019.

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