AFCON: CAF To Decide Cameroon's Fate

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

Cameroon's football federation expressed their "consternation" on Monday in response to criticism from African Confederation president Ahmad Ahmad over their prospects of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The statement also highlighted Cameroon's recent successful hosting of the Women's African Nations Cup previous year during which games were staged in two of the venues set to be used in the 2019 competition and that Cameron was served a congratulatory letter by CAF because of successful organisation.

On Saturday, during a visit to Burkina Faso, Ahmad said that Cameroon would "have to work" to convince visiting inspectors of its suitability as a venue.

The Cameroon FA also echoed almost similar sentiments about the comments made by the Caf president ahead of the inspection slated from 20-28 August.

Hayatou is suspicious about this.

Hayatou, on a radio station interview in Cameroon said the preparedness of the country to host the competition can't be judged two years to the competition adding that Ahmad's comments should have come after the inspection is done. "He has to first come to see before speaking as he did".

Embattled Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) President Tombi A Roko Sidiki has launched a scathing attack on the CAF and Ahmad, claiming it is hard not to pay attention to "persistent rumours of a conspiracy meant to withdraw the 2019 Nations Cup hosting from Cameroon to another country".

In recent weeks, Morocco has made no secret of its desire to step in as possible replacement hosts while Egypt is rumoured to be another possibility.

"FECAFOOT is deeply concerned by the fact that these remarks are made when the first CAF inspection mission scheduled for 20 to 28 August 2017 has not yet been fielded in Cameroon", he said.

"In the light of the statement by the Caf president, it is hard not to pay attention to persistent rumours of a conspiracy meant to withdraw the 2019 Nations Cup hosting from Cameroon to another country", added Tombi.

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