Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Ahmad said a year ago that Cameroon still needed "to convince Caf of its ability" to host the event, with the country playing down fears sanctions would be imposed if preparations were deemed to be behind schedule.

The executive committee meets in the Ghanaian capital Accra on the sidelines of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations (Awcon) tournament, an official of the Cairo-based told AFP.

"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".

Cameroon's ability to host the finals was first questioned with that announcement, with CAF saying 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.

"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". Morocco replaced Kenya as hosts.

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.

The 2017 finals were originally due to be held in South Africa, but they had swapped with Libya, which was then also unable to host and Gabon took over.

The Football fraternity and fans across the globe are expressing consternation, anger and sisappointment that Cameroon which has won the cup sereral time would prove unfit to host the tournament.

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