Cameroon hosting of 2019 African Cup of Nations on brink after poor inspection report

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August 1 – Six months after being given a provisional green light to stage the region’s flagship event, the African Cup of Nations, in 2019, reports suggest Cameroon may be stripped of hosting rights by the Confederation of African Football.

CAF sent in an inspection team early this year assess preparations after CAF president Ahmad Ahmad repeatedly cast doubt over Cameroon’s credentials to stage the expanded tournament which, for the first time, will involve 24 teams.

The inspectors apparently insisted on another visit in the coming months but a CAF official said at the time that hosting was now “not in question”.

Now, it seems, CAF may have changed its mind following a damning inspection report with either Nigeria or Morocco rumoured to be lined up as potential replacement hosts.

Although it has been 46 years since Cameroon hosted, only 10 months are left for the central African country to complete preparations. Ahmad says he will only discuss Cameroon’s fate during September’s CAF extraordinary congress in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh.

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