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CAF to review Cameroon’s AFCON hosting rights

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Phillip Chiyangwa, vice president of the Confederation of African Football, has said Caf is reviewing the manner in which the 2019, 2021 and 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments were awarded to Cameroon and other West Africa nations by the previous Caf administration.

Chiyangwa who is equally the leader of Southern Africa regional football body (COSAFA) claims the hosting rights for those tournaments were corruptly awarded under the regime of Issa Hayatou.

The competitions were scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea respectively but the COSAFA chief claims since it was not transparently awarded.

It should recalled that Chiyangwa is one of those who fought bitterly in a race to oust Caf’s longest serving football administrator, Issa Hayatou. With Hayatou gone, Chiyangwa has now set eyes on dismantling the programmes that were setout under the previous regime led Hayatou, amongst these “Our contestation on Hayatou to continue in office was the unfair awarding of tournaments to one region,” he said.

“Other regions were suffering, if you look at the background of the Issa Hayatou fall, it arises out of the fact that most of the competitions were being awarded to West Africa, not North Africa, not even Central Africa and not even Southern Africa,” he said

The qualifiers for the Cameroon tournament started on the weekend of 9th to 11th June, 2017.





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