19, September 2018
The President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad has said that CAF will take a decision on Cameroon’s hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the end of the month, confirming speculation that Morocco is still on the waiting list.
The African football new strongman revisited the controversial topic during a recent trip to the Republic of Niger. Ahmad Ahmad was quoted as saying that the African football governing body has no vested interest to withdraw the competition from Cameroon but the onus is on Yaoundé to speed up preparations or back out, reported Journal du Cameroun.
The CAF boss told Radio France International in Niger that “CAF will meet in an extraordinary assembly at the end of the month and we will inform you of decisions taken. We will take a decision or issue an ultimatum, but I don’t think we can be talking about this now.”
Ahmad further opined during the RFI interview that “I want to make it clear that CAF does not withdraw the hosting rights of the Africa Cup of Nations from a country. It’s either the country is not ready and backs out. CAF only sets the tasks to be accomplished and if you can meet the deadlines, you host, if not it means you have backed out. The blame should go to the country and not CAF.”
By Sama Ernest