Cameroon stripped of 2019 Afcon hosting rights

Tyler Owen
December 1, 2018

Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.

Ahmad said previous year that Cameroon still needed "to convince Caf of its ability" to host the event, with the country playing down fears sanctions would be imposed if preparations were deemed to be behind schedule.

Ahmed was speaking after a 10 hour CAF executive meeting held behind closed doors in the Ghanaian capital.

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.

Egypt, Morocco and South Africa are tipped as candidates to replace Cameroon.

It will be the fourth successive Nations Cup to have a change of host.

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CAF had considered relieving Cameroon of the hosting rights past year but pulled the breaks, warning the country to double up efforts on preparations.

CAF inspectors recently traveled to the country, which last hosted the tournament in 1972, to check security, infrastructure, stadiums, and accommodation.

Cameroon, who lifted the trophy previous year after beating Egypt 2-1 in the final, were initially named as hosts for a 16-team event, only for CAF to confirm an increase in participants in July 2017 during a symposium held in Morocco.

"But until proven otherwise, I tell you, the Africa Cup of Nations is in Cameroon", Ahmad had told Camfoot.

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

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