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Sunday, December 30, 2018

CAN withdrawal: Ahmad Ahmad appear soon in court

The Association of Amateur Football Clubs of Cameroon (Acfac) is contesting the withdrawal of Can 2019 in Cameroon. This information was confirmed this Thursday, December 27, 2018 during a press conference held after an extraordinary meeting of its executive bureau which took place at its headquarters in Yaoundé. The appeal filed in this regard since December 7 to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Tas) concerns two decisions of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). These include the decision of July 20, 2017 which allocated the number of teams participating in the African Cup of Nations Football (CAN) to 24 instead of 16, and that of November 30, 2018 which withdraws organization of Can 2019 in Cameroon.

According to officials from Acfac, this initiative aims only to allow Cameroon to recover the organization of the Can 2019 as originally planned, with if necessary an exceptional development of the Calendar.To justify this possible possibility, Acfac relies on the fact that the CAF has prevented the Cameroon Football Federation from functioning normally by holding at its head an executive without a mandate. It also blames the African football governing body for having arbitrarily and unilaterally increased the number of teams participating in the Can, without taking into account all the consequences that this change of format induces on the infrastructural and organizational level.

This initiative of the Association of Amateur Football Clubs of Cameroon is also based on other motives that could give it all the desired legitimacy. There is for example the case of the attribution of the Can 2021 in Cameroon which in fact, has not yet been the subject of any formal decision to the CAF and which, above all, does not risk finding echoes favorable to the seen the statement of appeal introduced in the Tas on December 13, 2018 by the Ivorian Football Federation (Fif) to which the organization of the Can 2019 comes back from right.

However, it still comes to mind whether Acfac is working with the government on this initiative. Some information stating that the Cameroonian government has already accepted the organization of the Can 2021 have not been the subject of any official communication for the latter. This will continue his initiative and remain focused on the Can 2019. All that still suggests that if the government accidentally made a decision and officially communicated, the Acfac would not oppose.