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CAF delays final decision on Cameroon’s AFCON hosting rights

Due to the October 7 Presidential election in Cameroon, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the final decision on Cameroon’s hosting of the 2019 African football Cup of Nations (AFCON) to November this year.

According to a press statement from CAF, the decision made known last Saturday, September 29, CAF is cognisance of the stakes in the presidential election and would not want to influence or jeopardise anything.

“CAF would not make any decision before the Cameroonian Presidential election of October 7, we do not want to disrupt the campaign,” CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, said.

The final decision on whether Cameroon would host the biggest football jamboree in the continent was to be declared after CAF’s General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt last week which was also attended by FIFA’s President, Gianni Infantino.

CAF also said there is a “big delay” in the development of infrastructure in Cameroon.

CAF has also announced the arrival of a joint CAF-FIFA inspection team in October, shortly after the election. The visit would be concerned with security issues especially as mounting violence in the South West Region, which is one of the hosting sites keep hitting the international community.

Moreover, with calls from Ambazonia separatists for CAF to cancel Cameroon’s hosting rights, this final inspection visit would be the decider.

Certainly, CAF would not want to risk the lives of players and officials following the bitter experience in Angola in 2010 where players were attacked by a rebel group.

 

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