Cameroon will be stripped of the right to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) following a damning and negative report over the country’s preparedness to host the competition, former Egypt international goalkeeper Ahmed Shobier has revealed.
According to the legendary shot-stopper, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee has received the report of an independent inspection team that condemned the progress of work in the construction of the new stadia.
Shobier’s claims suggest that the Central African country’s general preparation to host Africa in less than 12 months is generally poor which has resulted in the inspection team’s decision to recommend that Cameroon be stripped of the right to host the tournament.
The man, who is now a television pundit on Egyptian TV, wrote that Morocco will be chosen to replace Cameroon as the hosts of the competition.
“African Cup of Nations 2019 Morocco: a decision issued by the CAF,” Shobier wrote on his Facebook page.
Widespread speculation in Egypt media circles suggests the inspection report recorded several failures that have damaged the chances of Cameroon with the construction of the infrastructure branded as ‘woefully insufficient to specifications’.
Shobeir’s posting on his official Facebook page implies that CAF has clearly been shown that Cameroon is unable to organize the African competition and that the football body is awaiting the appropriate opportunity to announce the decision.
CAF had placed a lot of premium on the report by the independent inspection team before their eight-day inspection visit before deciding if preparations were deemed to be behind schedule.
CAF leader Ahmad Ahmad said then that will put much weight behind the inspection team’s report.
“We have decided that it is no longer the Caf Executive Committee who will inspect the countries selected for the organization of the AFCON.
“It is now experts who will do it and Caf will decide based on their report,” Ahmad said.
Caf was forced to spring into to action to avoid any embarrassments after reports Cameroon’s preparations were behind schedule.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations is the first of its kind to witness the presence of 24 teams in the competition with the first being the summer of next year.
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