Cameroon stripped of 2019 Cup of Nations hosting rights

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Earlier, the executive committee of CAF are to meet in the Ghanaian capital Accra on the sidelines of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations tournament, an official of the Cairo-based told AFP.

Aside delays as per reports of inspection teams within the last 18 months, security in the country is said to be at high risk.

CAF sent several inspection teams to Cameroon to check on the progress of the construction of five stadiums proposed for the tournament.

"... It will communicate openly and transparently on the process and subsequent decision", the press statement from the continent's football ruling body revealed.

Morocco, which this year lost out to a join United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, is the favourite to step in and has frequently been touted as a short-notice host during Cameroon's troubled preparations. "Beforehand, a joint Caf and Fifa Committee will travel to Cameroon in October to study security issues".

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Meanwhile, it is highly probable that Morocco and South Africa will replace Cameroon in hosting the event.

Speculation that the tournament might be taken away from Cameroon heightened when Union of Arab Football Associations president Turki Al-Shaikh pledged support for Morocco to host the Afcon instead of Cameroon.

Cameroon's capacity to host an expanded 24-team tournament has always been under severe scrutiny after they were initially handed rights to organise an Afcon with 16 participants.

Increasing the field of the Nations Cup and switching its hosting to mid-year were among reforms announced last year in a major overhaul of the African game.