“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry hinted at the just concluded World Cup in Russia that the country could offer to help Cameroon host some of the games of the Nations Cup if it was approached for help.”
Reports from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicate that the continental football ruling body may strip Cameroon of the right to host the 2019 African Nations Cup.
This is sequel to a report that shows the reigning African champions are not anyway near ready to host the competition next year.
In its stead, CAF is looking at getting either Nigeria or Morocco to host the competition.
Morocco showed it has the capacity to host such a major championship on short notice when it staged the African Nations Championship (CHAN) early this year, while Nigeria is being considered because it has the facilities, which need just minor touches to host the event.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations would be the first to host 24 teams in the competition and the CAF report says that Cameroon, which was struggling to prepare for 16 teams, does not have the facilities to cater for 24 countries.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry hinted at the just concluded World Cup in Russia that the country could offer to help Cameroon host some of the games of the Nations Cup if it was approached for help.
The Guardian could not get the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung to react on the latest development as he was said to be out of the country.
An NFF official said the federation would not comment on the development unless the relevant authorities approached it for help.
Meanwhile, former England Manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed that he is waiting for Cameroon to decide whether he would become the Indomitable Lions’ next manager.
According to Associated Press, the Cameroon Football Federation has confirmed talks were held with the 70-year-old former England manager about the role, which has been vacant since Hugo Broos left when his contract ended in February.