Friday, December 14, 2018




Some good news doesn’t last long, this is the case of Cameroon who was already 100% sure of hosting the 2019 edition of the African Nations Cup. Cameroon’s optimism and joy have almost been dashed to the ground as the Confederation of African Football ( CAF) has published a new decision wich increases the number of teams participating in the tournament from 16 to 24.

Shortly after the publication of this decision,  many people have started pondering if Cameroon who is to host the competition in 18, able to meet up with CAF requirements.Even though, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mpkatt, had earlier dismissed rumours that the 2019 AFCON hosting rights were going to be withdrawn from Cameroon, analysts are still casting doubts on whether Cameroon will host the competition or not.

According to some sports analyst, the decision of CAF to increase the number of teams participating in the African Nations Cup from 16 to 24 beginning 2019 is a way of passing a message to Cameroon that she is not able to host the competition .

To them, increasing the number of teams means increasing the number of pitches to be used.

“This is unbelievable that CAF will be increasing the number of teams that will take part in the 2019 AFCON. I think they should be thinking of the 2021 edition which is still far. I see this increment as a step or a way to finally take the hosting rights away from Cameroon,” stated a sport analyst.

Going by the experts “the tournament which will henceforth be holding in June and July is a good move, but for Cameroon to host this competition, she would need to add 2 more stadiums. ”Another analyst who spoke to The Post pointed out that if Cameroon does not step up its preparations towards organising the competition,CAF will have enough grounds to withdraw the competition from Cameroon.

“An AFCON with 24-team also requires hotels, training grounds, good transport and network, which Cameroon is not ready to add within this short period of time. In fact, a move to 24 teams will definitely prompt CAF to rethink the new roadmap concerning the organisation of the 2019AFCON.”

image“Cameroon should sue CAF for changing the rules while the competition is ongoing. That is breach of the rules of the game. Anywhere, if the worst comes to the worse, the 2019 AFCON should be co-hosted,” another sports pundit suggested.

Meanwhile, speaking to the press shortly after the meeting, Tombi A Roko Sidiki, President of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, said, “to me, the 2019 AFCON is underway and the playoffs of the competition have started. We are in a world of law and we are not going to change the rules of the game along the way.”Officials of CAF also said, the move from 16 to 24teams is falling within a more global logic of visible enlargement with the Euro and the World Cup. Without delay, CAF Inspectors will be in Cameroon in early September to inspect the levelof work. Whether Cameroon would be able to meet up with CAF requirements in time is a question that can only be answered with time.


Source:The Cameroon post



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