South Africa Might Take Cameroon’s Place As The 2019 AFCON Hosts

2019 AFCON qualifiers are almost done, and we’re looking forward to the tournament’s kickoff in June 2019. However, last weekend, CAF stripped Cameroon of the rights to host the tournament, citing slow progress in preparation and security concerns.

While this has brought a huge change in the arrangements, South Africa is willing to take Cameroon’s place as the new hosts.

In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, delivering a showpiece that’s arguably the best in the history of the tournament. The new stadiums and other infrastructure the government put in place for the World Cup will come in handy again, as the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) is looking to brush them up for 2019 AFCON.

According to Times Live, SAFA expressed concerns that the only challenge they might have is the money to handle the operational side, especially now that the tournament has expanded from 16 to 24 teams. Meanwhile, they’re putting together a proposal which they’ll present to the government for a final decision.

We sincerely hope their proposal pulls through, because, looking at the continent right now, no other country has the capacity to take Cameroon’s place on such short notice.

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