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2019 AFCON: CAF President raises fresh doubts over Cameroon hosting rights

The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has raised fresh doubts over Cameroon’s hosting rights of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) declaring that the final decision would be taken on September 26, during the body’s General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt.

CAF Boss Ahmad Ahmad

Speaking last weekend over the French international radio channel (RFI), Ahmad Ahmad said the final conclusion for the hosting rights would be disclosed during CAF’s General Assembly.

According to him, it is not for CAF to withdraw hosting rights from a host country. However, what CAF does is to make sure the country respects the terms and conditions given it.

“It is not CAF that withdraws AFCON from a country, CAF merely applies the terms and conditions given to the country,” Ahmad said adding that, “if you are ready you organise it and if you are not ready, you yourself withdraw from the process.”

The attribution of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to Cameroon has been highly debated by sports analysts, who see the country as unprepared for the competition.

This prompted Morocco to present itself as a possible host even after hosting rights had been attributed to Cameroon. Since Ahmad Ahmad took over from Cameroonian born Issa Hayatou as CAF boss in 2017, he has also expressed doubts over the preparedness of Cameroon, given that, most of the projects of the competition are yet to be completed.

Moreover, the collapse of a wall in one of the hotels under construction in Garoua recently, has also raised doubts over the quality of work being done.

With most roads, hotels, stadiums to host the competition still under construction less than a year to the competition, Cameroon’s hosting right is standing on very shaky grounds

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