Cameroon loses 2019 AFCON hosting rights

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) were on Friday in Accra discussing the staging of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) following reports that host nation Cameroon's preparations were in difficulties.

Officials made the decision at a meeting on Friday in Accra, Ghana, that lasted more than 10 hours.

CAF president Ahmad announced a new bidding process was to be opened till December 31.

While Cameroon bid to host a 16-team tournament, they have been unable to convince CAF that they have the infrastructure to host an expanded event.

The North Africans had been set to stage the 2015 Cup of Nations before being stripped of its hosting rights in a row over the Ebola outbreak.

Morocco immediately said it was ready to replace Cameroon, beginning more than a year of claims and counter-claims that CAF intended taking the tournament away from Cameroon and giving it to the north African country.

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CAF explained that after significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over almost 18 months, "CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met".

CAF reiterates that Cameroon remains a serious candidate to organize a future edition of AFCON, and acknowledges that Cameroon has mobilized significant resources and worked tirelessly to host AFCON 2019.

For the record, Morocco stepped in to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), a tournament exclusively reserved for the local based legion of players in the domestic leagues.

The 2013 finals were to be held in Libya but the security situation there meant they were moved to South Africa.

Ahmad meanwhile appeared to hold out an olive branch to Cameroon.