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Controversy Surrounds 2021 AFCON Despite CAF Awarding Hosting Rights To Cameroon

Cameroon (National Times)- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that Cameroon will host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to CAF, an official letter signed by the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, accepting to host AFCON 2021.

“Cameroon has officially accepted to host the 2021 AFCON  through an official letter addressed to CAF. It is signed by the Cameroonian Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya,” the statement reads.

Despite Cameroon willingness to host AFCON 2021, CAF statutes indicate that awarding of a Nations Cup to a country shall be determined by the Executive Committee. In addition to the email from CAF dated December 17, 2018, CAF Executive Committee member Musa Bility said no agreement was reached at the meeting.

“As a member of the executive committee and emergency committee, I want to say that Caf must pay attention to its declarations to avoid creating problems,” he stated.

“No decision was taken by the Executive Committee, we have only dealt with the case of Cameroon,” Musa Bility said.

Should Cameroon stage the 2021 tournament, it means that Ivory Coast, which had been scheduled to host in three years’ time, would have to wait until 2023 to host

Earlier this month, CAF President Ahmad told an African TV station that Cameroon had been offered the 2021 finals instead of Ivory Coast.

The decision on who will replace Cameroon for 2019 will be made on 9 January at an executive committee meaning in Dakar, Senegal with two countries namely Egypt and South Africa having made their bids.

CAF president Ahmad had also indicated that Ivory Coast has now been offered the hosting rights for 2023.

Guinea, awarded hosting rights for 2023, would be affected by this shift.

 

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