Cameroon stripped off AFCON host­ing rights by CAF

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Goal

- 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.

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