One of Africa’s top journalists Mamadou Gaye has vehemently backed the decision of the Confederation of African Football to strip Cameroon of the 2019 AFCON, saying that the country is not yet ready to host a competition of such magnitude, AOIFootball.com reports.
In a radio interview monitored by AOIFootball.com, the Ivorian journalist outlined the lack of adequate facilities, efficient and reliable security as well as political instability among the reasons why he agrees with the decision.
“CAF took the right decision; in 2010 we all saw what happened in Angola where Togo’s team bus was attacked during the AFCON. Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President after 36 years did not build any better stadium. As at now, there are Boko Haram gangs in Cameroon, suicide bombers are operating in Cameroon, kidnappers recently kidnapped students and it’s still ongoing.
“At the moment, if you go to Cameroon you can’t see any, m AFCON Billboard; you can’t see billboards of players like Samuel Eto’o and top players expected at the tournament all because of the dictator Paul Biya. So why should we send our youths to go and worship such a man?
“In a country where there is no security we can’t bring players like Sadio Mane, the Ayews etc.
“Nobody forced Cameroon to accept the 24-team format, they had the right to reject it. Where was Paul Biya in the 36 years he reigned? Paul Biya failed to build stadiums, hospitals etc.,” Gaye concluded.
At the moment, Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt could step in to replace Cameroon as hosts for the biannual African showpiece.