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

Cameroon’s Sakava Sangaola Moise and milions others were shocked after CAF removed the 2019 AFCON Hosting rights from them

Cameroon’s Sakava Sangaola Moise and milions others were shocked after CAF removed the 2019 AFCON Hosting rights from them

The Confederation of African Football made the decision on Friday after a meeting of its executive committee.

CAF President, Ahmed Ahmed, reportedly told journalists that any countries interested in putting themselves forward as potential hosts, have 21 days to present their candidacy.

South Africa is the only African country to stage a World Cup, in 2010, and last staged the Cup of Nations in 2013.

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad

Earlier this year, Morocco's sports officials denied that Morocco wanted to replace Cameroon and repeatedly said that Morocco supports Cameroon's bid.

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".

But in August the chairman of Caf's Nations Cup organising committee, Amaju Pinnick, said "nobody is going to take it away from Cameroon".

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The newly expande24-team tournament will kick-off June 2019.

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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CAF will ensure that a new host is in place by 31st December 2018, and it will communicate openly and transparently on the process and subsequent decision.

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

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