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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Withdrawal of the CAN: a secret meeting held in Etoudi

A strategic meeting held at the presidency of the Republic after the announcement of the withdrawal of the CAN to our country. 

This decision taken by the state summit is in accordance with Article 55 of the CAF statutes, relating to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), is quite clear. Paragraphs 1 and 5 to the same effect stipulate that "the CAF authorizes the recourse to the CAS, an independent arbitral tribunal having its seat in Lausanne (Switzerland), for any dispute between the CAF, the national associations, the members, the leagues, clubs, players, officials, match agents and licensed players' agents.

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Before adding in paragraph 3 that "the appeal must be filed with the CAS within ten days of notification of the decision".Thus, if the country does not seem to agree, the means of appeal are open to him to hope a contrary conclusion. Even if the same texts provide that recourse to the courts, does not make the decision suspensive.


Only, the CAF which understands the bad it has just done in Cameroon has quickly found a way out that does not cause relief so far in the country. On the evening of his "suicidal" decision, the president of the CAF sent a letter to the head of state, Paul Biya. The Malagasy writes: "I would like, Mr. President, to reassure you that in view of the efforts you have already made and the importance of your personal involvement, that the CAF and its executive committee would be honored that Cameroon could accept to host the CAN 2021 edition ". The info clear and sharp. Before adding, "this edition would, I am convinced in Cameroon to complete in comfort and safety, all the projects planned for this event". However, the edition of the CAN Total 2021 is attributed to Côte d'Ivoire. An output that leaves thoughtful about the capacity of Didier Drogba's country to give way and to access another program.

At the moment the country is arming itself enough by doubling its efforts to host the biggest celebration of African football 37 years after that of 1984. What about will he be from Guinea, organizer of the 2023 edition? Who will certainly see its CAN be attributed to Côte d'Ivoire. At a time when silence and calm prevail in Cameroon after this decision by the CAF, some are tempted to say that "Ahmad finally prepared well and succeeded".