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Cameroon pride hurt by CAF tournament snub

APAnews | National pride in Cameroon has been left profoundly hurt by the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to withdraw the country’s right to host the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations tournament next year.

Friday’s decision left the nation in shock, its citizens who take pride in their country’s football exploits have been struggling for answers from a government whose reaction has been a deafening silence.

CAF’s executive emerged from a meeting in Accra, Ghana on Friday with a decision to abandon Cameroon as host of the continent’s most prestigious football showpiece, citing fears that the country was falling behind schedule to prepare for the tournament in June 2019.

While there has been official silence from the government in Yaoune, the opposition and ordinary citizens of Cameroon have reacted with bewilderment at the turn of events which came to many as unexpected.

Social media has been awash with heated exchanges by those critical of what they see as the incompetence of the government incapable of meeting the expectations of CAF after it gave Cameroon the right to host the football tournament in September 2014,.

“The sadness and desolation are gripping the hearts of Cameroonians tonight. Our country did not deserve that, no, no and no! And yet it happened” Jean Michel Nintcheu, a member of the National Assembly and the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) wrote.

“I am very sad for my country. What can I say that has not been said? Let me suffer in silence” Emmanuel Simh, a lawyer at the Cameroon Bar lamented.

Communicator Jean Claude Bilana demanded that those responsible for the incompetence be arrested, describing them as imposter.

For Baba Wame, a tutor of journalism, the government is to blame for taking two years after CAF awarded Cameroon the hosting right before they began infrastructure works.

“What must be said without any equivocation is that there are people who have failed. What must be said without blinking is that since 2014, we have had at least four years to avoid the imbroglio. What must be said with force is that active diplomacy in the direction of the CAF just saved the furniture from a humiliation that could have been greater” said sports journalist, Martin Camus Mimb.

He claimed that although he is a member of the Local Organizing Committee (COCAN) charged with preparing for the tournament, he “was never invited to a single meeting.

Jean Lambert Nang, a former head of the sport service on national television said: “Our honor is flouted, our pride sold by leaders who only live for money… They are unable to tell the truth to the President of the Republic because their ambition is to last in power and to last again. They have no concern for the people who ask only for bread and games”.

Meanwhile, a cloak of embarrassment seems to be enveloping the corridors of power in Yaoundé where the state media did not make any reference to CAF’s decision to withhold 2019 tournament from Cameroon.

Although CAF said it had given Cameroon time to prepare for the tournament, it was seen as struggling to complete its infrastructure works connected to hosting the event from June 15 to July 13 next year.

Its members were meeting on the sidelines of the women’s African Cup of Nations taking place in Ghana.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad said a replacement host will be determined by a body which would be appointed to develop a tender for that purpose.

Morocco along with South Africa are the clear favourites to win the bid to host the next Africa Cup of Nations in its expanded format, featuring 24 instead of 16 teams for the first time.

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52 comments

  1. You have no pride. You were once an economic powerhouse but personal interests seem to supersede national interests. You are a disgrace and if I could trade this passport for another, I would. If there is any God of which I believe there is, your leader Mr. B will burn in hell before his demise. May the wrath of the Almighty be upon you Mr. B and your cohorts.

  2. SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

    “CAN 2019: Le Cameroun menace de saisir le Tribunal arbitral du sport (TAS). La CAF s’explique et indique que son verdict est sans appel.”

    **** MY TAKE ****

    1. The truth is bitter but it must be said
    2. LRC was NOT ready and the security of players and fans could not be guaranteed
    4. The decision of CAF was 100% correct
    5. It is common knowledge that this decision of CAF is FINAL i.e. ZERO APPEAL
    6. To add insults to injuries, TAS is not ELECAM, supreme court or Constitutional council of LRC
    7. The so-called “one and indivisible” LRC should accept the verdict and prepare for AFCON2035
    8. Dictator Biya and his crime syndicate has disgraced the country BEYOND REPAIR
    9. SHAME ON YOU DICTATOR BIYA
    10. SHAME ON THE SO-CALLED “ONE AND INDIVISIBLE” LRC

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      8. Dictator Biya and his crime syndicate HAVE disgraced the country BEYOND REPAIR

  3. @Jackson Jr. I think the main reason why CAF withdrew the hosting rights from Cameroon is becos of the security challenge,not even the delay in infrastructure as they also complained.No country’s infrastructure have ever been ready,(except for country’s like S.A,Morocco,Nigeria,Algeria that have ready made infrasructures already) six months to the D-Day.I remember,Gabon succeeded in completing their infrastructure 2 months before the D-Day.I think the reason is becos of the security challenges,if there was no security challenge,CAF would not have withdrew the hosting rights,becos,the infrastructure could still be completed even 2 months before the D-Day…..

  4. ‘National pride in Cameroon has been left profoundly hurt’ by the demonization and neutralization of the people by the people for the people. Mentally unbearable to hold a party. That is the conclusion of many who were planning to hold one. The country needs to work hard to ameolorate the present situation and design policy aimed at avoiding a repetititin because the cost ans shame are unbearable.

  5. Nous sommes tous des passionnés de football, mais cette nouvelle est une très bonne nouvelle, elle montre l’irresponsabilité de ce gangster en costume qui détruisent ce pays depuis de nombreuses années. On ne peut pas se réjouir quand des innocents sont dans des forets assassinés par la milice de Biya. Quand vous invitez des gens chez vous, vous faites au moins le ménage, mais au Cameroun, j’y suis allé il ya deux semaines, c’est comme une poubelle en plein air, la drogue dans le Sud-Ouest est devenue une épidémie. J’ai été surpris de voir des points de contrôle de l’armée où ils demandent ouvertement de l’argent et disent qu’il y a celui des amba devant , et même pas à 500 m des jeunes drogués avec des armes demandent de l argent . Ce pays est vraiment perdu. Comment organiser une coupe?

  6. ces gangsters

  7. I’m totally hilarious by the decision taking by CAF. As we always say,” the word of people speak God” Its been long overdue for that delinquent, arrogant, clueless president to taste humiliation. Shame to all greedy citizens that have been supporting that living devil of a president. An idiot who has taking more trips to Switzerland, than visiting all of the provinces in Cameroon. He’s so scared of development, he’s scared of empowering the youths. He’s worked tirelessly to make Cameroon the most corrupt country in the world. Anglophones are regarded as second class citizens in their country. Sometimes they are branded as Nigerians. Where’s the airport in the anglophone regions? Why din’t he build a stadium in the English zone to host one of the matches? Pay back time Popol! Bravo CAF!

  8. Hooray!CAF’s decision is a good example of democracy and a victory for Ambazonians who have fought to make sure no football in Victoria! the world see biya’s dictatorship of barbarism!Biya thinks the entire world lives in the medieval century where he declares a war against Ambazonians with his genocidal acts of daily killings, burning of villages, imprisonment of innocent people, abduction of Sisiku and CO without legal aid? those people who are protesting have never travel out of french Cameroon to notice how embarrassing, slum, dirty Cameroon is lacking in real development, technology, cleanliness,sanitation, road infrastructure, safe public transport, the dotage regime of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and injustice is doom, shamed with thieving liars dirty pigs in higher positions.

  9. MOST PEOPLE THINK TH GREAT GOD NEEDS TO COME FROM THE SKY AND TELL THEM THAT THE END IS NEAR BEFORE THEY CAN SEE IT. NO THIS TIME AROUND GOD SAID IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER SITUATION TO CONTINUE OPPRESSING THE FEW. AM GLAD THIS HAD TO HAPPEN BECAUSE WE CAN NOW COME BACK AND CROSS EXAMINE OURSELVES AND SEE WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE THINGS BETTER. PEOPLE CANNOT GET SLAUGHTERED LIKE PIGS AND YOU WANT THE NATIONS CUP TO BE PLACE IN SUCH A COUNTRY. GOD YOU AR GREAT THANK YOU.