Comoros have written to Caf asking for the disqualification of Cameroon from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals after the Central Africans lost rights to host next year’s edition.

The stripping of Cameroon’s 2019 Afcon hosting rights could lead to a legal wrangle as Comoros seek to evoke Caf statutes for the Indomitable Lions to be expelled from the tournament.

Caf found Cameroon ill-prepared to stage the tournament and withdrew mandate which would be handed to another country before the end of this year.

According to Article 92 of Caf regulations: “If a country having been entrusted with the organisation of the final tournament of the Africa Cup of Nations is desisting or the tournament is being withdrawn from it, it shall be subject, in addition to further disciplinary sanctions, to a fine fixed according to the following scale:

“92.3. Withdrawal notified within one year before the date of the final tournament: a fine of five hundred thousand (500,000) U.S. dollars and a suspension of the next edition of Afcon of it’s A national team, without considering the concerned edition.”

Strengthening their case, Comoros have cited the case study of Morocco being expelled from the 2015 Afcon finals after withdrawing their hosting responsibility.

Also cited were Kenya who had the 2018 African Nations Championships (Chan) taken away from them and expelled from the tournament for not being ready to host.

The Madagascar national Under-17 team were also booted out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Under-17 finals after they had hosting rights withdrawn from them for ill-preparedness.

Comoros General manager Saadi Ben Amir confirmed that they had raised issues with Caf.

“I was with my president this morning and he sent a letter to Caf asking for clarification,” Ben Amir was quoted as saying

“We are asking for the application of the regulation, and more specifically Article 92, which states that a country which is withdrawn from the organisation of Afcon does not participate in the edition in question.”

Interestingly, Cameroon host Comoros meet in the final Afcon qualifier and if the latter wins, they would book a place at the finals for the first time ever in their history.

The two teams are separated by three pints in Group B which has Morocco as leaders.

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New African nations interested in hosting AFCON 2019 can now submit their bids to host the massive African tournament.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly stripped the hosting rights of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) from Cameroon because it was struggling to finish building the football venues.

Moroccan sports television channel Arriyadia said that CAF has “officially” stripped Cameroon of the rights.

The decision was made in a meeting in Accra today after the latest reports from CAF’s inspection missions revealed that Cameroon was not ready to host the tournament.

CAN, also called AFCON, will take place June 15 to July 13, 2019. CAF will now launch a new bidding process to appoint another host for the African tournament.

Local and international news outlets have repeatedly speculated this year that Morocco might replace Cameroon. South Africa might also try to clinch the hosting rights.

Earlier this year, Morocco’s sports officials denied that Morocco wanted to replace Cameroon and repeatedly said that Morocco supports Cameroon’s bid. But after Cameroon’s failure to get ready in time, Morocco could be a possible option.

In August, CAF Chairman Ahmad Ahmad cast doubt over Cameroon’s readiness to host Africa’s biggest football event.

“I am not sure Cameroon is ready to host the AFCON,”  Ahmad told KweseESPN.

CAN 2019 will boast the participation of 24 national teams, up from the usual 16.

After playing qualifier games against Cameroon, Malawi, and the Comoros and scoring a satisfying 2-0 win against Cameroon, Morocco has qualified for the next round of the competition.

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