Cameroon stripped as hosts of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations


Accra – Cameroon was stripped of the right to host next year’s African Cup of Nations soccer tournament on Friday, with its preparations way behind schedule and a violent separatist rebellion in parts of the country making it a security risk.

The decision was made by tournament organizer the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after a special meeting of its executive committee in Ghana, where the women’s African Cup is being played.

CAF president Ahmad, who goes by one name, said the move to take the tournament away from the Central African country was “a crucial and decisive moment for the good of African football.”

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.

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