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Morocco ready to replace Cameroon in hosting 2019 AFCON



Morocco ready to replace Cameroon in hosting 2019 AFCON

The President of the Moroccan FA, Fouzi Lakjaa, has said they are ready to stage the 2019 Nations Cup in place of Cameroon “in case of lack of capacity.”

The president, who hopes the Confederation of African Football (CAF) meetings make organisational changes that Cameroon will not be able to fulfill, believes Morocco have more sophisticated infrastructure to host the tournament.

Cameroon is reportedly experiencing delays in the execution of various Nations Cup infrastructural projects and a week ago, Algerian FA president Kheireddine Zetchi said his country would also be willing to take over.

“We have the 6 stadiums in Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Tangier and Tetoua,” Lakjaa was quoted as saying in the Moroccan press.

“These are cities that have FIFA stadiums with all the infrastructures that go with it …matching the ambitions of Africa.”

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Morocco was famously banned by CAF from two editions of the Nations Cup after withdrawing from hosting the 2015 tournament because of fears over an outbreak of Ebola.

And Cameroonian CAF President Issa Hayatou was in charge at the time of the ban, for which Lakjaa says history will have its revenge.

“In 2015, because of the Ebola epidemic, the Cameroon management had deprived us of the organisation of this competition,” he continued.

“In 2019, we will replace Cameroon to host the CAN. It is the revenge of history.”

Meanwhile, Cameroon sports minister Ismael Bidoung has already reaffirmed his country’s readiness to host the continental foremost tournament, stating that “in spite security concerns, social and economic crises, the government and President Paul Biya are totally engaged to do everything for the Nations Cup to go ahead.”


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