Cameroon stripped of 2019 Cup of Nations hosting rights

Kristopher Nichols
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.

The decision was made in a meeting in Accra today after the latest reports from CAF's inspection missions revealed that Cameroon was not ready to host the tournament.

According to Caf president Ahmad Ahmad, the football body will work to "determine a new organizing country by the end of the year".

Morocco, who were unsuccessful in their bid for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, are most likely to replace Cameroon as hosts.

While Cameroon bid to host a 16-team tournament, they have been unable to convince CAF that they have the infrastructure to host an expanded event.

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Ahmad had quelled claims that Cameroon would not be stripped of their AFCON 2019 hosting rights insisting that no country has been penciled down as a replacement.

Morocco may be the favourite to rescue CAF this time but lost the tournament three years ago after it threatened to place travel restrictions on fans travelling from West African countries affected by that year's deadly Ebola outbreak.

On Friday, the dreaded decision to strip the nation of the rights was announced.

The 2019 event is scheduled for June 15-July 13, a change from its traditional January-February slot.

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.

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