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Saturday, December 1, 2018

AFCON Withdrawal : 'the sky falls on us again after the disaster of 72'

The 66-year-old legendary Jean Paul Akono says his heart is wounded by the organization's withdrawal from the final round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. 

Aged 66, the iconic Jean Paul Akono says he has a heart bruised by the withdrawal of the organization of the final phase of the African Cup of Nations 2019 in Cameroon.

After the misadventure of the 1972 Cameroon CAN, Jean Paul Akono is once again witnessing another big disappointment in the history of Cameroon with the organization of the African Cups of Nations.

At six months of the kick-off of the final phase of the 32nd edition of the CAN, the Executive Committee of the African Football Confederation has took the decision on Friday, November 30, 2018, to withdraw the organization of the next CAN to the reigning African Champion country, because of "the significant delay in the realization of the infrastructures". This decision fell like a real blow to Jean Paul Akono, former player and ex coach of the national team.

"I am confused by this news. This is a big disappointment that I can not express better in words. I believe that the President of the Republic has given all the guarantees that Cameroon will be ready in time. I believe that today, to withdraw it, it is surprising. This decision plunges me back into the CAN 72 when we lost in the semi-final against Congo. A second time, the sky just fell on a whole Nation following the withdrawal of the CAN 2019. Really, we are dragged in the mud "declared, the bruised heart, the one who has the peculiarity to have disputed the final phase of the CAN 72 in Yaounde then, he is the only African coach champion of the Olympic Games. It was 18 years ago in Sydney.