The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has stripped Cameroon of its 2019 Afcon hosting rights after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting which was held in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Friday.
CAF says the country is not ready to host the tournament after significant delays following frequent inspections by the body.
Over the past months CAF had clearly stated that they were not satisfied with Cameroon’s preparations.
Now, with the tournament drawing even closer, to be held from June 15 to July 13 next year, time has run out for the AFCON champions.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, after the meeting announced a new bidding process was to be opened.
Countries have until the end of December to submit bids for the tournament, which starts in June.
Morocco which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a replacement host.
Uganda Cranes will feature at the showpiece after defeating Cape Verde to qualify in Namboole thanks to Patrick Kaddu’s header that found the back of the net in 79th minute.