D-day for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon

Cameroon stripped as host of 2019 African Cup

The decision was made by tournament organiser, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), after a special meeting of its executive committee in Ghana, where the women's African Cup is being played.

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. South Africa might also try to clinch the hosting rights.

"After numerous discussions and following inspections over the past 18 months CAF has become aware that several conditions of conformity have not been met", a CAF statement explained.

"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".

CAF's decision came as little surprise back in Cameroon.

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CAF reiterates that Cameroon remains a serious candidate to organize a future edition of AFCON, and acknowledges that Cameroon has mobilized significant resources and worked tirelessly to host AFCON 2019.

One of those was to assess the security situation after an increase in violence in the southwest and northwest of the country involving English-speaking separatists and government forces.

Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid to host the 2026 World Cup, had already been touted as a replacement host and is seen as the favorite to step in.

Morocco is the favourite to take over the hosting of the expanded 24-team tournament, which is being held from June 15-July 13.

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