Cameroon President, Paul Biya has moved to quell doubts surrounding his country’s ability to host the now expanded Africa Cup of Nations in 22 months time.
The African champions were initially awarded hosting rights for the continent’s flagship competition on a 16-team format. Reports emerged a few months ago that the Central Africans were behind schedule with regards to venue preparations for the championship.
And with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) expanding the AFCON to a 24-team competition, there have been further doubts about Cameroon meeting the hosting requirements for the competition.
Caf boss Ahmad Ahmad last weekend also told the press in Burkina Faso that Cameroon will need to give assurances.
But President Biya, while addressing Cameroon’s triumphant athletes returning from the Francophone Games in Abidjan, reiterated his strong desire to see the nation host the rest of the continent.
“The CAN 2019 is already close. We have an appointment with sporting Africa right here in Cameroon.
“And Cameroon will be ready on the D-day, I promise,” he said.
The 2019 AFCON will not only have 24 participating teams but will also be played in the months of June and July instead of the usual January/February date.