Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Shock as Cameroon loses 2019 AFCON hosting rights

Shock as Cameroon loses 2019 AFCON hosting rights

The decision was made by tournament organiser, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), after a special meeting of its executive committee in Ghana, where the women's African Cup is being played.

A statement later released by the continent's football governing body said "an open and urgent call" for new host country bids will be initiated for the tournament to be held as scheduled.

Despite CAF president Ahmad Ahmad assuring that the tournament won't be moved from Cameroon after receiving assurances from the hosting nation, the continental federation have opted for otherwise on Friday. South Africa might also try to clinch the hosting rights.

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad

CAF explained that 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".

The final game of the 2018 AWCON would take place on Saturday, as the Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Bayana Bayana fight to be crowned the female champions of Africa.

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.

"I don't know whether there are statistics but many have been injured during CANs due to the condition of the organisation".

Morocco have been touted as potential hosts, having stepped in to hold this year's African Nations Championship after Kenya were deemed not ready.

He refused to be drawn on whether that meant Cameroon could replace Ivory Coast as hosts of the 2021 edition, or Guinea as organisers in 2023.

The 2019 finals will take place from June 15-July 13, a change from the traditional January period, a change that will be welcomed by club managers in Europe who were forced to release their African players to worldwide duty in mid-season.

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