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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

01 December, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Lora Ball
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly stripped the hosting rights of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) from Cameroon because it was struggling to finish building the football venues.

CAF officials made the ruling on Friday in Accra, Ghana, that lasted more than 10 hours.

"CAF will ensure that a new host is in place by 31st December, 2018, and it will communicate openly and transparently on the process and subsequent decision".

The 2019 event is scheduled for June 15-July 13, a change from its traditional January-February slot.

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This will be the second time in recent memory that CAF has stripped a country of hosting rights of a continental tournament.

African Cup hosting has been a major headache for CAF, with the last four tournaments not held in the country they were initially awarded to.

But in August the chairman of Caf's Nations Cup organising committee, Amaju Pinnick, said "nobody is going to take it away from Cameroon".

One of the important subjects debated was the organisation of the upcoming 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), due to be held in Cameroon.

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Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid to host the 2026 World Cup, had already been touted as a replacement host and is seen as the favorite to step in.

Cameroon is experiencing a tense security situation with persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions.

South Africa also took over holding the 2013 tournament after original hosts Libya had pulled out two years earlier because of the armed conflict then raging in the country. Morocco replaced Kenya as hosts.

CAN 2019 will boast the participation of 24 national teams, up from the usual 16.

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