Cameroon stripped of Afcon hosting rights

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Cameroon of the right to host next year's African Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.

The hosting of the Afcon was part of the agenda in the Caf Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting held in Accra, Ghana on Friday.

A new bidding process was opened with countries interested in hosting Africa's top soccer tournament, which starts in just six months, invited to apply by the end of December.

Legit.ng recalls that Nigeria booked their 2019 African Cup of Nations ticket with one match to spare after playing 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg.

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"After numerous discussions and following inspections over the past 18 months CAF has become aware that several conditions of conformity have not been met", a CAF statement explained.

Cameroon, who are five time African football champions, have struggled to demonstrate their capacity to host the finals since CAF chose to increase the size of the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.

Earlier this year, Morocco's sports officials denied that Morocco wanted to replace Cameroon and repeatedly said that Morocco supports Cameroon's bid.

"We knew what was going to happen, there's no stadiums, no roads, there's nothing", Henri Kelma, a moto-taxi rider in Douala, told AFP.

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Ahmad observed: "Football in Africa depends on our governments".

Ahmad meanwhile appeared to hold out an olive branch to Cameroon.

CAN, also called AFCON, will take place June 15 to July 13, 2019.

And it will be the first to feature 24 teams - up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.

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