Cameroon was awarded the rights for AFCON 2019 hosting in September 2014 under unclear circumstances under the then CAF boss Issa Hayatou, a native of the Central African nation.
At the time of the award, the flagship football tournament in Africa had not expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
Cameroon was therefore called upon to adjust to the new changes midair after the implementation.
Shadows of doubt has long been cast on Cameroon’s ability to host the tournament amid the expansion of the teams from 16 to 24. Cameroon has suffered major challenges trying to meet up with the new change which has seen them struggling a lot, coupled with the ongoing unrest in the two English regions of the country.
But the president of CAF reassured Cameroon position in September 2018, claiming that he has never doubted Cameroon’s ability for the AFCON 2019 hosting. But as time passes bye things changes and strong decisions were made.
According to reports from Accra, the country will not be ready in time to host the 32nd edition of the tournament with construction/renovation work on the six stadiums that were earmarked for the games running late.
I wonder what this will mean for Cameroon taken into consideration the amount of money put in place by the government of the country trying to ensure that the tournament could have been a success and from which they were sure of recovering some of their expenses. At this moment they are stuck and confuse whether to continue and complete the projects already started or if they should abandon it and save their remain money to tackle the many other problems at hand.
CAF will now open a fresh bid for a new host with Morocco and Egypt touted as the likely candidates to bag the rights. Morocca has always shown great interest in hijacking the tournament but might lose the bid to Egypt due to their denier to host AFCON 2017, due to the fear of the spread of Ebola to their country.