Cameroon stripped of rights to host 2019 African Nations Cup

Arnold Nichols
December 1, 2018

Cameroon's hosting of the event has been in limbo since the decision to increase the tournament from 16 to 24 teams was made official several months ago with the advent of the new CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.

This followed The Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting which was held in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Friday.

Cameroon's ability to host the finals was first questioned when CAF announced in July past year that the tournament would have eight additional teams and only countries capable of putting on world-class tournament, with complete facilities and extensive infrastructure would be allowed to stage the event. Morocco replaced Kenya as hosts.

The new host is expected to be named before the end of the year, a CAF executive committee member told Reuters.

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


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

South Africa and Morocco are two frontline contenders to step in as hosts in place of Cameroon, who won the last edition in 2017 in Gabon.

"Furthermore, after hearing the conclusions of the CAF Security Inspection Team during their most recent visit to Cameroon, CAF concludes that the Africa Cup of Nations could not be exposed to any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition".

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad warned authorities in the central African nation of the likelihood of the hosting rights being handed to another nation, Morocco most likely.

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