Cameroon stripped as host nation of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has stripped Cameroon of their hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Over recent months the confederation has stated that they were not satisfied with Cameroon’s preparations.

Now, with the tournament drawing even closer, to be held from June 15 to July 13 next year, time was running out for the Afcon champions.

Caf released a statement which read

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,” read Caf’s statement.

“After having considered that a simple postponement of the tournament was impossible because of Caf’s contractual commitments, and the importance of maintaining the competition calendar, the Caf Executive Committee decided that the next edition of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations could not be held in Cameroon.

“This decision, without appeal, will mean that CAF will now initiate an open and urgent call for new host country bids to ensure Afcon 2019 takes place next summer.

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