Cameroon risks losing 2019 AFCON hosting rights


2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon could lose the rights to host the event according to Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad.

The Caf president revealed this while in Burkina Faso and went further to state that Cameroon has a lot of convincing to do if they are to host the now expanded event.

“Cameroon will have to work to convince Caf on its ability to host the event,” Ahmad said as quoted by BBC Sport.

“We will send the experts and we will decide at the end of their inspection mission,” he added.

Ahmad also confirmed that the current trend is that Caf is no longer involved in inspection but a panel of experts with the body now depending on the report to make decisions.

“We have decided that it is no longer the Caf Executive Committee who will inspect the countries selected for the organization of the AFCON. It is now experts who will do it and Caf will decide based on their report.”

The 2019 Nations Cup will feature 24 teams instead of 16 and Ahmad confirmed an inspection team will visit Cameroon later this month.

The inspection of the facilities starts on August 20 and will go on for eight days.