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Cameroon Loses Eligibility to Host Africa Cup of Nations 2019

Cameroon Loses Eligibility to Host Africa Cup of Nations 2019

"In addition, after having heard from representatives of the governmental and sports authorities of Cameroon, and reviewed the latest progress on preparations, CAF notes the gap between the requirements of hosting the AFCON and realities on the ground".

"Today we took the decision to withdraw the 2019 CAN from Cameroon", CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad, said in a statement.

Earlier, the executive committee of CAF are to meet in the Ghanaian capital Accra on the sidelines of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations tournament, an official of the Cairo-based told AFP.

Its president, Ahmad Ahmad, announced a new bidding process was to be opened.

Following the last inspection conducted in August, Caf noted "significant delays" as their cause for concern back then.

A report by Caf's Security Inspection Team became the cul-de-sac for Cameroon, whose national team Indomitable Lions would have been defending the trophy in front of home fans.

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

Morocco, South Africa and Egypt are reportedly in the running to replace Cameroon as 2019 Afcon hosts.

Though the tournament is scheduled to be held in June/July, its expansion from 16 teams to 24 means more facilities would have to be made available by the host nation.

This will be the second time in recent times that CAF has stripped a country off hosting rights of a continental tourney.

African Cup hosting has been a major headache for CAF, with the last four tournaments not held in the country they were initially awarded to.