Cameroon stripped of 2019 Cup of Nations hosting rights

Ruben Holloway
December 1, 2018

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 has announced that it will now allow one month for countries interested in hosting the tournament to submit their official bids.

If Cameroon are rejected, CAF will have to launch a new application procedure to designate another host country for the biennial tournament first staged in Sudan 61 years ago.

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There are close to six months to the kick off of the long awaited 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals. After significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over almost 18 months, CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met.

CAF said in September that there was a "significant delay" with the building of stadiums and related infrastructure but gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.

"There is a gap between what is necessary to organise a CAN and the reality on the ground", the statement added.

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Cameroon is experiencing a tense security situation with persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions.

Reigning champions Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year's African Cup of Nations.

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

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Though the tournament is scheduled to be held in June/July, its expansion from 16 teams to 24 means more facilities would have to be made available by the host nation.

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