Cote D’Voire Lose AFCON 2021 Hosting Rights
Cote D’Voire will not host 2021 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, after the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, handed the rights to Cameroon.
The West African country was penciled by the football governing body to stage the 33rd edition of Africa’s premiere tournament, but had the rights taken away from them by the Executive Committee (ExCo) and handed to Cameroon, who lost the rights to host the 2019 competition.
CAF in a in statement on November 30, 2018 after Executive Committee meeting in Accra revealed Cameroon is yet to meet requirements to stage the 2019 tournament, before adding that “security” concerns was another factor that led to the striping off of the rights from the 2017 AFCON champions.
A letter to Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya proposed that they consider hosting AFCON 2021, a proposal caf said they’ve accepted.
This means, Cote D’Voire will have to consider 2023 as an alternative should CAF propose that to them despite his Excellency Alhassane Ouattara saying that saying that they have no issues hosting 2021 tournament after CAF claim they won’t be ready
Part of CAF’s statement there’s “a strong campaign of misinformation and defamation against the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF), which tends to portray that the decisions made at the last Executive Committee meeting on 30 November 2018 in Accra (Ghana), didn’t follow the strict application of the rules and regulations.
“CAF intends not to engage in such sterile debates and controversies that don’t reflect the reality.
“In that respect, the CAF President refutes statements attributed to him in a section of the media regarding 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
“CAF recalls that Cameroon has officially accepted to host the AFCON 2021 through an official letter addressed to CAF and signed by the Cameroonian Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya.
“The CAF President thus expresses his gratitude to President Biya for his profound understanding.
“CAF therefore rejects all the unfair and totally unfounded different interpretations.
“CAF reaffirms that on 30 November 2018; the Executive Committee met in a peaceful atmosphere and took decisions in a free and independent manner, respectful of the statutes and regulations.
“The Executive Committee prudently analysed the reports of several inspection missions, and documentary evidence about the state of the proposed venues by the host countries for the organization of the Africa Cup of Nations.”
CAF does not accept the misinterpretation of its decisions circulated and still circulating on digital and social media platforms, and regrets attempts to discredit its structures and functions of the Executive Committee.