16th December 2018
Cameroon Stripped of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in June for Security Reasons!
By a press release (02/12/18)
Reigning African champions Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year's African Cup of Nations for security reasons.
It comes after serious delays with preparations and with Cameroon in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said. (Photo: L-R: Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Amaju Pinnink, President of CAF Ahmad Ahmad and Acting General Secretary of CAF Essadik Alaoui).
Africa's governing body of football made the decision on Friday after a meeting of its executive committee. CAF president Ahmad Ahmad announced a new bidding process was to be opened, with countries having until the end of December to submit bids. The tournament starts in June.
Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has already been touted as a replacement host. South Africa is also tipped to throw in her hat to host the 2019 tournament.
CAF said in September that there was a "significant delay" with the building of stadiums and related infrastructure but gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October. (Photo: The Indobitable Lions of Cameroon, the reigning African champions).
One of those was to assess the security situation after an escalation in violence in the southwest and northwest of the country involving English-speaking separatists and government forces.
Security reasons are paramount why the cancellation took place. The bloody civil conflict between the Franco-phone government dominated south and the Anglo-phone rebel north has been ongoing for sometime now.
Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Amaju Pinnink, President of CAF Ahmad Ahmad and Acting General Secretary of CAF Essadik Alaoui made the disclosure during a press conference after an extraordinary meeting with CAF executives at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on 30 November 2018.
Courtesy: Sky News