Ahmad: Afcon hosting rights is in Cameroon's hands

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Caf’s conflicting statements have left African football in suspense over the safety of Cameroon’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) hosting rights

Caf president Ahmad said his organisation should not be blamed if a country is stripped of Afcon hosting rights, and instead the hosts should be held liable for any potential setback.

Cameroon will know if they will remain as 2019 Afcon tournament hosts when Caf meet in congress next week.

The Caf boss has now said that his organisation should not be blamed for any decision on Cameroon, whose fate will be discussed in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh.

“Let Caf meet at the end of the month, and you will hear by our means of communication what is the position of Caf in relation to that,” Ahmad was quoted as saying by French radio station RFI.

“There will be a decision or there will be an ultimatum. We need to meet together, with the members of the (Executive) Committee. 

“What I can tell you is that it is not Caf that withdraws Afcon from one country or another. It is the country that is not ready and that is (what) withdraws itself. Caf simply puts a specification.

“You are ready, we are organising, you are not ready, it means that you are withdrawing yourself from this organisation.

“The reality is that it is the country that wants or does not want. And the reproach must go to the country, not to Caf”

The central African country’s capacity to successfully stage an expanded 24-team tournament has come under scrutiny. They were initially handed rights to organise the tournament when it comprised of just 16 teams in 2014.

There's been mixed opinions on whether Cameroon could lose hosting rights, but last month Ahmad gave assurances that there is no plan B.

Caf vice president Amaju Pinnick also stated that the tournament will not be taken away from Cameroon.

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