AFCON: Cameroon Insist It is Ready To Host

AFCON: Cameroon Insist It is Ready To Host

A top Cameroon football official has reiterated the country’s readiness to host next year's Africa Cup of Nations, even though the final decision has been delayed, AFP Sunday reports.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) were supposed to confirm Cameroon as host on Friday at their meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, but instead postponed a vote until the end of November.

But Dieudonne Happi, the interim head of the West African country's crisis-hit football federation, said: “In the current state of things, I can tell you bluntly and without any risk of being wrong that Cameroon will be ready.

An inspection committee from CAF and world football's governing body FIFA will visit Cameroon in October to assess preparations.

Morocco, which unsuccessfully bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has lobbied to replace Cameroon as hosts.

“We are obviously ready to organize a major African event,” said Hamza El Hajoui, the president of the Moroccan football federation, adding that his country was “Respectful” of both the CAF process and “The candidacy of a friendly country that is Cameroon.”

“CAF has not yet taken any decision to the contrary that the Cup of Nations will be organized in Cameroon,” he told a press conference.

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