Cameroon (National Times)-The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has granted an interview spelling out the reasons why Cameroon lost the rights to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and that his institution is ready for any court battle as alleged by some quarters.
Talking about security, Ahmad Ahmad said the continental organisation was not ready for a similar Cabinda incidence. He alleged that CAF spent a lot in that incidence which they would not want a repeat. “We should always make reference to history, we cannot forget what happen in Cabinda, CAF paid hugely for what happen,” Ahmad Ahmad said in an interview granted Afrique Media recently.
Moreover, the country’s infrastructure was not ready to welcome Africa’s biggest continental event, according to Ahmad Ahmad. He alleged that contrary to reports that Cameroon was ready, the different inspection missions realised that some of the works were just 55 per cent done which was impossible to host a competition in less than six months.
He blamed Cameroon for waiting for the last minute before launching works at the construction sites. “AFCON was attributed to Cameroon in 2014, it is for you media to estimate when works actually started,” he said.
Ahmad Ahmad expressed his confidence in the decision taken which to him was in unanimity and in concordance with the rules governing AFCON.
“We are confident that we have taken a good decision for the welfare of African football and according to the rules,” Ahmad argued.
He said the inspection works were done by independent firms with the assistance of FIFA representatives to wade every iota of corruption and all the firms presented a negative report against Cameroon.
While castigating reports about his bias towards Cameroon, Ahmad said he was elected for change and African football cannot be permitted to remain in the same condition and argued that, “Whatever we are doing for CAF is for Africa.”
He challenged Cameroonians to show gratitude to CAF, because according to him, the body has assisted Cameroon enormously in the project.
According to Ahmad Ahmad it was his person