Cameroon to Host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Cameroon has been voted as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament, by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
CAF president, Issa Hayatou, announced the decision this Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A vote of the 14-man CAF executive committee awarded Cameroon the 2019 finals and Ivory Coast will stage the 2021 edition. In an impromptu decision, CAF also decided to hand Guinea the opportunity to host the 2023 edition.
Algeria and Zambia were the other contenders with bids to host the Africa Football tournament. The Democratic Republic of Congo had earlier withdrawn from the contest about two months ago.
Cameroon first hosted the Africa cup of Nations in 1972 while Ivory Coast previously hosted in 1984.
Cameroon presented four locations in Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua and Yaounde to host the competition.
Algerian officials are yet to give up as they battle to substitute Libya as hosts of the 2017 edition of the tournament, while Zambia have until September 30 to make a bid. Libya withdrew from hosting the 2017 edition because of security challenges faced by the country.
By Jude Fuhnwi