Cameroon stripped of 2019 Afcon hosting rights


The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has reportedly withdrawn the 2019 African Cup of Nations hosting right from Cameroon, according to reports.

The 2019 finals will take place from June 15-July 13, a change from the traditional January period, a change that will be welcomed by club managers in Europe who were forced to release their African players to worldwide duty in mid-season.

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.

A report of the last two inspection visits to central African state Cameroon will be made during the meeting.

With this victory, Cameroon has also qualified for the Women's World Cup, which will hold in France, next year.

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Morocco immediately said it was ready to replace Cameroon, beginning more than a year of claims and counter-claims that CAF intended taking the tournament away from Cameroon and giving it to the north African country.

CAF has announced that it will now allow one month for countries interested in hosting the tournament to submit their official bids.

For the record, Morocco stepped in to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), a tournament exclusively reserved for the local based legion of players in the domestic leagues.

Cameroon is experiencing a tense security situation with persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions. It will also be the first Afcon expanded from 16 to 24 teams.