CAMEROON’S PRESIDENT BIYA OFFICIALLY WRITES CAF TO HOST 2021 AFCON

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

CAF President, Ahmad has revealed that President Paul Biya has written to notify the confederation of his country’s desire to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021.

In a press statement issued by CAF on its website, the confederation remarked that in the past two weeks,  “a strong campaign of misinformation and defamation against the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)” was been waged.

According to the press statement, such reports tend 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.”

Ahmad, in the statement refuted the statements attributed to him in a section of the media regarding 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

It has been reported that CAF opted to transfer the 2021 rights originally given to Cote d’Ivoire to Cameroon while that of 2023 will then ne offered to Cote d’Ivoire.

According to the reports, which emanated from an interview Ahmad granted to Pan African television channel, Afrique Media, the CAF president remarked that “we have seen that Cote d’Ivoire will not be ready to host Afcon in 2021. So the Executive committee has confirmed Cameroon as host of 2021

“We have taken the decision for the good of African football on the basis of rules and regulations of the game in force,” Ahmad said promising CAF will be ready to defend its decision should Cameroon appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”

In the press statement by CAF on its website, the confederation revealed 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.”

Ahmad assures President Biya of Cameroon’s hosting rights

CAF had earlier in October doused the speculations of striping Cameroon of the hosting rights of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when conjointly on its website and that of the official website of the presidency in Cameroon, www.prc.cm, a statement was released affirming the rights of Cameroon.

Ahmad, President Paul Biya and Samuel Eto’o

The change of tone was the result of the visit of CAF President, Ahmad to President Paul Biya.