CAF’s President, Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, said Cameroon is not ready to host the African Cup of Nations CAN-2019, while the number of participating teams increased from 16 to 24.
“Even with four teams, Cameroon is not ready. We have decided that it is no longer the members of the executive committee, who will inspect the selected countries for the organization of CAN. It is now experts who will do it and the CAF will decide on the results. As for Cameroon, we will send the experts and we will decide at the end of their inspection mission, “said the President of the CAF, on the sidelines of a visit to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), cited Sunday, by the local press.
Algeria and Morocco have already applied in the event that Cameroon is unable to organize the tournament, according to their presidents of federations Kheireddine Zetchi and Faouzi Lekjaâ, in media outings.
At the last meeting of the Executive Committee of CAF held in Rabat, Morocco, the continental body had approved the transition from 16 to 24 teams from the 2019 edition, while its progress will be shifted to the months of June and July instead of January and February.
In other words, the inspection visit scheduled for August 20th will be decisive. For their part, the Cameroonian authorities are multiplying reassuring messages.
“Cameroon is guaranteed to host CAN 2019 for having fulfilled 60% of the specifications at 18 months of the kick-off of this edition,” said recently the General Secretary of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) Blaise Moussa.
In addition, the president of the CAF has reversed the allocation of CAN 2021 (Ivory Coast) and 2023 (Guinea). In September 2014, when it was to allocate the organization of the editions 2019 and 2021, the CAF had also awarded the 2023, which was not originally planned.
Some countries consider these decisions “brutal” and consider themselves “wronged.” Ahmad said he understood their displeasure, not excluding opening a debate on the subject: “We will not attribute to the competitions of CAN, “recalled the Malagasy vis-a-vis the press.
Phillip Chiyangwa, the President of the Cosafa Zone (Council of Football Associations in Southern Africa), said the closeness between the leader and the chairman of the Council of Football Associations in Southern Africa, who wants to see these reviewed editions, could be weighed.