CAF strips Cameroon of AFCON 2019 hosting rights

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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.

Caf delivered a report on Cameroon's readiness to host the event, and at a Caf executive meeting held on Friday in Accra, Ghana, it was decided the tournament will go ahead elsewhere.

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 will ensure that a new host is in place by 31st December, 2018, and it will communicate openly and transparently on the process and subsequent decision".

Legit.ng recalls that Nigeria booked their 2019 African Cup of Nations ticket with one match to spare after playing 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg.

Earlier this year, Morocco's sports officials denied that Morocco wanted to replace Cameroon and repeatedly said that Morocco supports Cameroon's bid.

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The African soccer body gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.

But in August the chairman of Caf's Nations Cup organising committee, Amaju Pinnick, said "nobody is going to take it away from Cameroon".

For journalist Pierre Youte "it's perhaps a good decision. like this Cameroon will have the time to learn and find the means to host a CAN worthy of the name".

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

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

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