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CAF withdraws CAN 2019 from Cameroon

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided Friday to withdraw the organization of the 2019 African Cup of Nations from Cameroon because of its “lack of responsiveness to the campaign book”.

The decision, which was expected according to a number of observers, came at the meeting held by the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football, on the sidelines of the African Nations Cup of Women, where a report on the last two visits to Cameroon.

Despite the reassurance of sports officials in Cameroon of the readiness of the African country to organize this African sports forum, Confederation recorded a significant delay in the level of infrastructure in the preparations for the Cameroon Cup of Nations.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the opening of a new bid for a host country for the first-ever summer edition with the participation of 24 teams.

With the announcement of the exclusion of Cameroon from the continental cup, attention is directed towards Morocco as the country most likely to host this African wedding in June next year, but the Moroccan file will enter into fierce competition with South Africa and a number of countries that expressed their intention to organize this African Cup.

The media regularly reported that Morocco, which lost the bid to host the 2026 World Cup against the US-Mexican-Canadian tripartite file, is the potential replacement for Cameroon.

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football recorded yesterday during a meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, there is a “significant delay” in the level of infrastructure necessary to host the African Nations Cup in Cameroon.

However, the head of the continental union, Ahmed Ahmed, said in early October during a visit to Cameroon that the African Union “does not have an alternative plan”, adding: “So we did not think about withdrawing the African Nations Cup from Cameroon”.

In Sharm El-Sheikh, the head of Cameroon’s governing body, Happi Dieudonné, confirmed that Cameroon would be ready to organize the finals.

Cameroon is currently experiencing a tense security environment with continued attacks by Boko Haram’s jihadists in the north of the country and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions of the country.

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