Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

1 Dec

The Confederation of African Football has announced Cameroon have been stripped of hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

African football’s governing body (Caf) says it is because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparation for the tournament, due to start in June.

President of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad speaks during a press conference after an extraordinary meeting with CAF executives.

A statement said: “One of the important subjects debated was the organisation of the upcoming 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), due to be held in Cameroon. After significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over nearly 18 months, CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met.

“In addition, after having heard from representatives of the governmental and sports authorities of Cameroon, and reviewed the latest progress on preparations, CAF notes the gap between the requirements of hosting the AFCON and realities on the ground.

“Furthermore, after hearing the conclusions of the CAF Security Inspection Team during their most recent visit to Cameroon, CAF concludes that the Africa Cup of Nations could not be exposed to any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition.

Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

“After having considered that a simple postponement of the tournament was impossible because of CAF’s contractual commitments, and the importance of maintaining the competition calendar, the CAF Executive Committee decided that the next edition of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations could not be held in Cameroon.

“This decision, without appeal, will mean that CAF will now initiate an open and urgent call for new host country bids to ensure AFCON 2019 takes place next summer.

“CAF will ensure that a new host is in place by 31st December 2018, and it will communicate openly and transparently on the process and subsequent decision.

“CAF reiterates that Cameroon remains a serious candidate to organize a future edition of AFCON, and acknowledges that Cameroon has mobilized significant resources and worked tirelessly to host AFCON 2019.

“CAF unequivocally reiterates its strong commitment to work closely with Cameroon’s government authorities to mutually agree a new AFCON framework and timetable – should it agree to host a future edition.

The tournament is set to be the first held in June and July and will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

 

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary night for Egypt

9 Sep

Mohamed Salah scored twice, provided two assists and missed two penalties as Egypt beat Niger 6-0 in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Liverpool winger had his first-minute spot kick saved, but quickly responded by setting up Marwan Mohsen to put The Pharaohs in front.

Salah scores for Egypt

Ayman Ashraf doubled their lead before Salah missed another penalty, however this time he was on hand to convert the rebound.

Salah, who has 37 goals in 60 appearances for Egypt, then set up Salah Mohsen before scoring his country’s fifth with his head.

Salah was at the centre of things against Niger

Arsenal‘s Mohamed Elneny completed the rout, but there was no hat-trick for Salah, who was faced with an open goal late-on only to receive an over-hit pass from Mohsen.

It was a great start for new manager Javier Aguirre, who replaced Hector Cuper after Egypt’s dreadful 2018 World Cup campaign.