Full Text: Cameroon Challenges CAF Decision To Withdraw AFCON 2019 Hosting Rights

Cameroon’s Government has issued a press statement responding to the decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to strip the country of hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF said it is because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparation for the tournament, due to start in June. However, Cameroon labelled the decision ‘unmerited’ “unfair” & a ‘flagrant injustice’. The country also pledged to complete all the AFCON 2019 infrastructure. Below is the press statement:

The Government of the Republic of Cameroon has taken note with dismay of the decision taken by the CAF Executive Committee, which met in Accra last November 30, 2018, to withdraw the hosting of the 2019 AFCON from Cameroon.

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This surprising decision for more than one reason, is certainly unfair with regard to the huge investments made by our country, which has led to outstanding modem infrastructures as witnessed by all. In the same vein, this decision is unmerited considering the resolve of the Head of State and the people of Cameroon to make all-out effort to host a remarkable celebration of African football in 2019.

It is clear from the outset of this matter, that, our country has been subjected to a treatment which can therefore give rise to questioning. In the face of this blatant injustice, the Government of the Republic urges the People of Cameroon to remain calm and not to indulge into futile arguments. Cameroon has put in a creditable performance. It shall prove it to the entire world by completing with the same determination and on time the construction of these modern infrastructures belonging to the Cameroonian people, as pledged by the Head of State.

Nevertheless, it is worth underscoring that African football would not match the exploits of other better performing continents in the absence of an ethical conduct. Our country, which has written the pages of African football in bold letters, will not relent her efforts in working with other African countries and international football bodies to develop football in our beloved Africa.


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