The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says it is reviewing the manner in which hosting rights for the 2019, 2021, and 2023 editions of its showpiece event were awarded.
Vice President of CAF’s AFCON Africa Cup of Nations) committee Phillip Chiyangwa says corruption may have been involved when Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Guinea were granted hosting rights for the respective AFCON tournaments. Ex-CAF boss Issa Hayatou was in charge at the time.
“Our opposition to Hayatou continuing in office was the unfair awarding of hosting rights of tournaments to one region,” Chiyangwa said.
“Other regions were suffering. If you look at the background of the Issa Hayatou fall, it arises from most of the competitions being awarded to West Africa, not North Africa, not even Central Africa and not even Southern Africa.”
Chiyangwa is also the head of the the regional football governing body of southern Africa, COSAFA.
CAF is also said to be concerned with the infrastructural obstacles being faced by Cameroon. There is concern that that the country might not be ready to host AFCON 2019 in time.
Among names being floated around as possible replacements for AFCON 2019 are Morocco and Algeria.
Zambia, meanwhile, is being mentioned as a would-be replacement host for AFCON 2021.