Going the Morocco Way Again? CAF Makes a Decision on Cameroon’s Hosting Rights

Love African football? Brace yourself for an African Showpiece in Morocco after reports emerged that Cameroon, the original host nation has been stripped of the rights.

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

Two reports that were central to the final decision regarding Cameroon were to be tabled namely; report of inspection visits of the security committee from October 27 to November 1 as well as a report of the inspection visit from November 11-15.

In October, Caf President Ahmad Ahmad visited Yaounde for a meeting with Cameroon President Paul Biya just days after Caf deferred the final decision on the hosting of next year’s Afcon.

At that time, a report by the last inspection team to Cameroon revealed “a significant delay as far as the delivery of infrastructure is concerned.”

Cameroon’s hosting of African football’s showpiece event has been in jeopardy for months since the decision to increase the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.

Cameroon has been faced with the same predicament that faced Kenya en route to hosting the just concluded Chan Championships. Kenya ended up loosing the hosting rights to Morocco, the same country that will now host AFCON.

Meanwhile, the exploits of National team Harambee Stars in the past few months under the guidance of coach Sebastian Migne seem to be finally bearing fruits. This comes after the National team was nominated by Confederation for African Football (CAF) for the Team of the Year Award.

Harambee Stars, who are on the brink of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, have been nominated in the category alongside Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

They top group “F” on seven points after four matches. Sebastien Migne’s charges were to host Sierra Leone in round five of the qualifiers but the fixture was cancelled by the Confederation of Africa Football (Caf) due to the West African nation’s suspension by Fifa.

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