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Clubs Drop Case Against CAF Over Withdrawal of AFCON 2019 From Cameroon

Yaounde (National Times)-The body representing amateur clubs in Cameroon (ACFAC) has dropped  two cases it lodged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against  the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 withdrawal.

“The CAS complaint was a way for us to maintain pressure on CAF,” ACFAC President Henri Claude Mballa Ongolo explained.

“When Cameroon was awarded the 2021 event, there was disapproval from some Ivory Coast officials and we weren’t sure they would accept to host a later edition. Fortunately President Alasane Ouattara of Ivory Coast has agreed to stage the 2023 event and so we think the complaint no longer has its place,” Mballa stated.

ACFAC President said their move was for the country to host the continental soccer. Mballa expressed satisfaction over the award of the 2021 AFCON jamboree to Cameroon.

Meanwhile, CAF President Ahmad praised Ouattara for agreeing to the switch.“I thank the President for taking into account this aspect of solidarity so that we support this shift for the organisation of AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, which is now at 80 per cent of the work and Côte d’Ivoire in 2023, and Guinea in 2025,” he said.

“To avoid misinterpretation, only Guinea can decide whether they prefer co-hosting or not. But CAF is in favour of a co-hosting of the AFCON,” he added. Egypt replaced Cameroon as host of 2019 tournament.


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