Shock as Cameroon loses 2019 AFCON hosting rights

Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Cup of Nations in June

Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Cup of Nations in June

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has reportedly withdrawn the 2019 African Cup of Nations hosting right from Cameroon, according to reports.

The African football's governing body's Executive Committee held an extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana to decide the fate of Cameroon's hosting of the tournament.

Caf will now give a one month window where countries interested in hosting the tournament will submit their official bids.

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

Decision as to who replace Cameroon was not taken.

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

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Cameroon will not host the tournament as earlier planned.

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.

Ahmad observed: "Football in Africa depends on our governments".

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

Equatorial Guinea stepped in to the breach in 2015 when original hosts Morocco had appealed in vain for the competition to be delayed because of the Ebola epidemic.

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

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