Cameroon stripped off AFCON hosting rights by CAF
- After speculation broke out earlier in the day that Cameroon will lose their hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, CAF only held their meeting later in the afternoon to decide on the matter.
It took until the evening for CAF to finally confirm that Cameroon won't host the 2019 Afcon. This followed The Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting which was held in the Ghanaian capital of Accra.
“Report of inspection visits of the security committee from 27 October to the 1st of November 2018. Report of the inspection visit from 11 to 15 November 2018,” read part of the agenda of yesterday’s meeting.
Over recent months, the confederation has stated that they were not
satisfied with Cameroon’s preparations. Now, with the tournament drawing even closer, to be held from June 15 to July 13 next year, time was running out for the Afcon champions.
CAF released the official result of their decision on Twitter as follows.
Following the last inspection conducted in August, Caf noted “significant delays” as their cause for concern.
“Regarding the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2019, the delegation for the last inspection visit reported on the progress of works. A visual report revealed a significant delay as far as the delivery of infrastructure is concerned,” stated CAF in a statement.
“The final decision will be taken in late November after the last inspection visit which will involve audit firm Roland Berger. Beforehand, a joint CAF and FIFA Committee will travel to Cameroon in October to study security issues.”
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. Speculation that the tournament might be taken away from Cameroon heightened when Union of Arab Football Associations President Turki Al-Shaikh pledged support for Morocco to host the Afcon instead of Cameroon.
“As President of the Arab Football Federation, I declare my full support to the brotherly Morocco to host the African Cup of Nations instead of Cameroon, and I am also announcing the mobilisation of all our resources in the case of a need if the Moroccan brothers ask us,” Al-Shaikh wrote on Twitter.
Al-Shaikh was the chief financier of Egyptian club Pyramids FC until recently. Morocco, South Africa and Egypt are reportedly in the running to replace Cameroon as 2019 Afcon hosts.