Rabat – CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has confirmed the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2019 will be hosted by Cameroon, not Morocco.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president was responding to rumors that Morocco would host the African competition instead of Cameroon.
Cameroon is facing several issues in preparation for CAN, primarily delays in the construction of stadiums after thousands of workers went on strike, and the fact foreign companies have stopped working because the Cameroonian government cannot meet its financial obligations.
“CAN 2019 will be held in Cameroon … until proven otherwise,” Ahmad said in an interview with Cameroon outlet Camfoot.
“There is an inspection visit at the moment in Cameroon. The difference today in the new governance of CAF is that everything rests on a whole, a group. The president is here to reorganize, to coordinate. There is a team that is already in place, currently led by the secretary general in charge of football,” he added.
Earlier this month, Morocco’s minister of sports denied that Morocco would replace Cameroon as host of CAN 2019 next June.
The minister said, “I can affirm that we have not thought for even one second about hosting the CAN because there is no reason for it.”
The minister condemned “how much fake news can invade and pollute information, including in the mainstream media.” He added that “neither for the King Mohammed VI, is there a question of organizing it. I repeat, this idea has never crossed our heads. To be honest, seeing this rumor circulating, I first took it with a smile, so it seemed amazing to me that we can believe it.”
For his part, the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, had already dismissed the fake news.
CAN 2019 will boast the participation of 24 national teams, up from the usual 16. For the qualifier games, Morocco will play against Malawi September 8, Comoros on October 10, and Cameroon on November 17.