Morocco offer support for Cameroon's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ambitions

The north African country has thrown its weight behind their west African counterpart to stage next year’s Afcon tournament

Morocco has declared its support for Cameroon to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The President of the Normalisation Committee of the Cameroon Football Federation, Dieudonne Happi and the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa reiterated the strong ties between both countries in a joint press conference held in Morocco.

With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations set to host 24 teams, the Moroccan Football Federation disclosed its commitment to assist the 2017 Afcon champions in making next year’s tournament a success.

“We wanted to talk to you to put an end to rumours making rounds in the media for a while. I reiterate the position of the FRMF and the Kingdom of Morocco. The kingdom is alongside our Cameroonian friends,” Lekjaa was quoted by Caf website.

“And the FRMR is at the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon an African football festival. Relations between the King of Morocco and President Biya of Cameroon are relations that are above the football manifestations.

“I told the President [Happi], choose the areas of partnership. We are at your side today to put at your disposal all our devices, assets to make AFCON 2019, the first with 24 teams, an African football festival on the soil of our dear brother country and friend.”

Meanwhile, Happi who was appointed by Fifa to head the Cameroon Football Federation in August due to internal electoral crisis facing the federation lauded the unflinching bond between both countries.

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“The relationship between the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, and the King of Morocco has never suffered from any cold whatsoever,” Happi was quoted by Caf website.

“Moroccans and Cameroonians have always lived together in peace, harmony and solidarity.”

This public declaration of support is a major boost for Cameroon from a country who hosted the 2018 African Nations Championship and also bidding to host the 2026 World Cup.