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North Africans call for AFCON switch from Cameroon to Morocco

November 29 – Cameroon’s hosting of the upcoming African Nations Cup is back in the balance after the north African grouping of football nations called for the tournament to be switched to Morocco.

The North African Football Union (UNAF) is reportedly putting pressure on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) strip Cameroon of hosting rights to make sure that the first ever expanded 24-team tournament is not held in half-finished stadiums amid growing concerns the country would not be able to cope.

Last month CAF chief Ahmad Ahmad insisted CAF had “no plan B” and that the governing body had “never thought about withdrawing (the tournament) from Cameroon.”

A final decision is expected imminently but UNAF, which comprises Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, says it is supporting a “rescue mission” envisaged by Morocco.

CAF have made several inspections already of the five proposed venues but Morocco has long been suggested as an alternative and has campaigned intensively to be named replacement hosts.

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