CAF withdraws AFCON 2019 hosting rights from Cameroon

CAF withdraws AFCON 2019 hosting rights from Cameroon

Camroon has been stripped of the rights to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

CAF confirmed the unanimous decision after a meeting of its executive committee in Accra.

This decision, without appeal, will mean that CAF will now initiate an open and urgent call for new host country bids to ensure AFCON 2019 takes place next summer. South Africa, hosts of the 2010 World Cup, could also be considered.

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Alarm bells were sounded over the 2019 event at a September executive committee meeting in Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh when CAF noted "a significant delay in the realisation of the infrastructures" necessary for holding the Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Cameroon, who are five time African football champions, have struggled to demonstrate their capacity to host the finals since CAF made a decision to increase the size of the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.

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

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"I don't know whether there are statistics but many have been injured during CANs due to the condition of the organisation".

For the record, Morocco stepped in to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), a tournament exclusively reserved for the local based legion of players in the domestic leagues.

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

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

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