Ball in Cameroon’s court
LIVINGSTONE — Confederation of African football (CAF) President Ahmad said that the onus is on Cameroon whether they should be stripped of the rights to host the subsequent Africa Cup of the nations billed for next year.
Morocco are said to be CAF’s preferred hosts of the biannual tournament but the Malagasy says the continent’s football governing body has never had a plan B, adding that they consider only Cameroon as the host.
“CAF has never had a plan B, for us Cameroon is the host.” Ahmad said.
“It’s only Cameroon that can tell us they’re not ready for us to withdraw. But if they’re okay with hosting, it’s okay with us.”
The CAF helmsman was speaking to the press in Yaoundé today after his meeting with Cameroon’s President Paul Biya. His trip to Central Africa was facilitated by football legend Samuel Eto’o.
The purpose for Ahmad’s traversing to Cameroon was to conduct an inspection in his capacity over their readiness for the most coveted football tournament in Africa.
“Let me thank ETO’O because he’s the one who made it possible for the meeting to lift every misunderstanding around the afcon,” he thanked Eto’o.
In August, CAF Veep and AFCON Committee Chairperson Amaju Pinnick assured that the showpiece won’t be veered away from Cameroon. He was speaking after another inspection mission.
Meanwhile CAF director of communications Nathalie Rabe confirmed to KweseESPN that November has been set as a deadline for the final decision whether Cameroon will host the 2019 AFCON.
“The final decision on the status of Cameroon for 2019 AFCON hosting will be made in November by CAF and the agency Roland Berger,” she told KweséESPN.
“Yes, members said there are some security issues in Cameroon that need to be assessed together with the evaluation on the progress of the on-going work.”
The tournament is scheduled to take place between June and July next year.
[CREDIT: Richard Naha for the photo of CAF President Ahmad’s meeting with Republic of Cameroon president Paul Biya while football legend Samuel Eto’o looks on. Simon Lyonga for providing the Audio]
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