Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cameroon stripped of Afcon hosting rights

Cameroon stripped of Afcon hosting rights

The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the decision on Friday after a lengthy meeting in Accra, Ghana.

"But until proven otherwise, I tell you, the Africa Cup of Nations is in Cameroon", Ahmad had told Camfoot.

And the decision was taken in an extraodrinary meeting on Friday afternoon where CAF president Ahmed Ahmed faced the media to explain why the decision has been taken to put the tournament back on the market for official bids.

CAF had considered relieving Cameroon of the hosting rights previous year but pulled the breaks, warning the country to double up efforts on preparations.

"... It will communicate openly and transparently on the process and subsequent decision", the press statement from the continent's football ruling body revealed.

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Following the last inspection conducted in August, Caf noted "significant delays" as their cause for concern back then.

Morocco may be the favourite to rescue CAF this time but lost the tournament three years ago after it threatened to place travel restrictions on fans travelling from West African countries affected by that year's deadly Ebola outbreak.

Cameroon's capacity to host an expanded 24-team tournament has always been under severe scrutiny after they were initially handed rights to organise an Afcon with 16 participants.

Morocco, South Africa and Egypt are reportedly in the running to replace Cameroon as 2019 Afcon hosts.

Morocco have been touted as potential hosts, having stepped in to hold this year's African Nations Championship after Kenya were deemed not ready.

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