AFCON 2019 Hosting: Morocco Deny Interest To Replace Cameroon

AFCON 2019 Hosting: Morocco Deny Interest To Replace Cameroon

Morocco have decided against hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the country’s Sports Minister Rachid Talbi Alami has said.

Without stating reasons, Alami said, “Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” Alami told AFP.

This comes after initial hosts Cameroon were stripped of the rights to stage the tournament by Caf due to ill-
preparedness.

The decision by Morocco not to submit their candidature leaves either South Africa or Egypt the most likely to host the tournament after both countries expressed interest but are yet to officially file their bids with Caf.

CAF has set December 14 as the deadline for prospective hosts to submit their bids. Egypt had earlier on said that they will not bid to host the 2019 Afcon if another North African country is interested.

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Now with Morocco out of the picture, Egypt Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said they will throw their hat in the ring to stage the expanded 24-team AFCON 2019.

“Egypt is able to organize the competition and we would be proud to do so,” Sobhi said of Egypt’s interest to host AFCON 2019.

“The Egyptian people are always ready for such things, we have the infrastructure of the highest level.”

CAF is expected to announce the successful AFCON 2019 host candidate on January 9.

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COMMENTS

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  • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

    Confused CAF.
    If you really want to know the depth of confusion in CAF, Just log unto their website cafonline.com and you will weep for African football…! We might probably have to go and play 2019 afcon in England the way things are going. lolz.
    Very clueless and incompetent body

    • Yes their website is a shambles. Twitter feed not too bad though.
      However, they seem to be taking decisions without discussing with those it will affect.

      First they withdraw hostin rights from Cameroon and then give them hosting rights they have given already to Ivory Coast throwing their plans into disarray.

      Then they move African Super Cup that is traditionally hosted by the CAF champions league winner to Qatar at short notice even though the original host has started preparing and putting in investment and infrastructure for it.

      How they expect Moroccans and Tunisians to attend the match is anybody’s guess. These decisions need to be taken at least a year or two before it takes effect. 

      This year’s one has been moved giving 16 days notice. Originally supposed to be held on the 28th of December. What then happens to the sponsors, the hotel bookings, the flights already booked, the kits for stewards, the stadium improvements made in advance of money’s projected coming in???

      They had better compensate the Tunisian football federation and the fans of both countries
      Jokers

      • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

        I dont know what it is with this new caf leadership and taking caf matches to Qatar. I recall that similarly, the idea of taking the AFCON to Qatar was mooted earlier this year or so. I dont understand this new found obsession with qatar. For the second time in less than 10yrs we are having to go cap in hand looking for countries that will host AFCON. When will africa ever get things right….??? We blamed colonialism for our woes, but most countries are over 50yrs old now with nothing to write home about. We still virtually live in caves in the 21st century. Internet is still like landing on the moon in some countries…I couldnt belive my eyes on a recent tour of a few west afrcian countries. Chai…Africa my Africa….wither thou o Africa….!