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Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Cup of Nations in June

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Cameroon of the right to host next year's African Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.

The decision was reached on Friday after the CAF executive committee held a meeting in Accra, Ghana.

A new bid, according to CAF, will be opened and a new host will be announced in a month's time - December 31.

It will be the fourth successive Nations Cup to have a change of host.

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The African soccer body gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.

Questions have been raised over the country's readiness to host the tournament especially considering the political unrest and violence it is now experiencing.

Morocco immediately said it was ready to replace Cameroon, beginning more than a year of claims and counter-claims that CAF intended taking the tournament away from Cameroon and giving it to the north African country.

Ahmad observed: "Football in Africa depends on our governments".

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Kenya was declared unfit to host the Africa Nations Championships (Chan) in January this year.

The 2013 finals were to be held in Libya but the security situation there meant they were moved to South Africa.

Equatorial Guinea stepped in to the breach in 2015 when original hosts Morocco had appealed in vain for the competition to be delayed because of the Ebola epidemic.

And it will be the first to feature 24 teams - up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.

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