Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Cameroon will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Cup of Nations in June Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
| 01 December, 2018, 11:00

CAF officials made the ruling on Friday in Accra, Ghana, that lasted more than 10 hours.

The confederation's executive committee has now opted to re-open bidding for the tournament, which is due to kick off in June 2019.

Caf will now launch a new application procedure to designate another host country for the biennial tournament.

With this victory, Cameroon has also qualified for the Women's World Cup, which will hold in France, next year.

"After numerous discussions and following inspections over the past 18 months CAF has become aware that several conditions of conformity have not been met", a CAF statement explained.

Inspectors from Caf recently travelled to Cameroon, which last hosted the tournament in 1972, to check security, infrastructure, stadiums and accommodation.

Decision as to who replace Cameroon was not taken.

Questions have been raised over the country's readiness to host the tournament especially considering the political unrest and violence it is now experiencing.


One of those was to assess the security situation after an escalation in violence in the southwest and northwest of the country involving English-speaking separatists and government forces.

The Cup of Nations is no stranger to dramatic subplots.

Kenya was declared unfit to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships in January this year with Morocco stepping in as the replacement host.

South Africa also took over holding the 2013 tournament after original hosts Libya had pulled out two years earlier because of the armed conflict then raging in the country.

Local and global news outlets have repeatedly speculated this year that Morocco might replace Cameroon.

"CAF is committed to supporting Cameroon, to give them time so that they can properly organise a CAN", he told reporters.

The 2019 finals will take place from June 15-July 13, a change from the traditional January period, a change that will be welcomed by club managers in Europe who were forced to release their African players to worldwide duty in mid-season.

CAN 2019 will boast the participation of 24 national teams, up from the usual 16.

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