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Morocco hopes for 2019 AFCON hosting rights as CAF Inspection team makes final visit to Cameroon

The inspection team of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) arrives Yaoundé on Saturday, August 4, to confirm Cameroon’s 2019 AFCON hosting rights.

The arrival of CAF inspection mission to Cameroon, amidst rumours that the the body may withdraw Cameroon’s hosting rights in favour of Morocco.

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Unconfirmed information from a former Eqyptian footballer, Ahmed Choubir revealed that in the days ahead, CAF will confirm Morocco as the host nation for the upcoming 2019 AFCON soccer jamboree.

“In a moment, AFCON 2019 will be in Morocco. The decision would be announce very soon by CAF”, he tweeted.

CAF Inspection Team is expected to arrive the nation’s capital Yaoundé on Saturday, August 4, for a third inspection mission.

It should be noted that the last mission to Cameroon in January 2018, CAF inspection team expressed doubts about the country’s readiness to host the continent’s biggest soccer fiesta.

Facts finding from the mission revealed that construction works at the various stadia especially Olembe in Yaoundé and Japoma in Douala have been very slow due to persistent strike action by workers on the sites.

The reports presented by CAF inspection team was in confirmative with the reports presented by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mpkatt last July, 2018.

The negative report impelled the Minister to hold a meeting with the contractors pressurizing them to double their efforts and work 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

It is worth mentioning that in recent days, the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang has embarked on series of visits to the stadia across the country to ascertain the level of work done.

Immediately the current CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad took over from the Cameroonian born Issa Hayatou in early 2017, he expressed Cameroon’s unpreparedness to host the competition and invoked the possibility of the competition going to Morocco.

Morocco was to host AFCON 2015 but declined few months to start date because of the Ebola spread.

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