Following the recent controversial media outing of Ahmad Ahmad, CAF president, claiming Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 African cup of Nations, Issa Hayatou, former president of the institution finally came out to rubbish these claims....Just like any other football stakeholder, I can't remain indifferent, at the moment, Cameroon has five stadiums not counting the two ultra modern Paul Biya stadium in Yaoundé and Japoma in Douala which are under construction... In short it will sum up to seven staduims..declared Issa Hayatou. He added that Cameroon is not amongst the African countries with poor football infrastructures looking at these number of playing grounds. As such, Cameroon is ready to host the biggest African football Bonanza come 2019.
Issa Hayatou said it is very unprofessional for his successor, Ahmad Ahmad to make such wayward declarations about the five time African champions even before the arrival of the CAF inspection mission in Cameroon in the days ahead.
Many also believe there is an issue of score settlement between Issa Hayatou and Ahmad Ahmad over the withdrawal of the under 20 AFCON hosting rights from Madagascar being mr Ahmad's country. But mr Hayatou said Madagascar had prepared nothing at all four months to the competition. The six CAF inspection missions which visited the country were unanimous on the withdrawal. So it was not the unilateral decision of the CAF president.
Apart from mr Hayatou, the president of Cameroon football federation, Tombi a Roko Sidiki also published a communiqué insinuating that mr Ahmad has launched a smear campaign to discredit Cameroon and give the hosting rights to another country.
To appease the situation, the vice president of the Confederations of African football, Constant Omari yesterday pleaded on behalf of mr Ahmed claiming the latter was misled by publications from news papers.
The uncertainty looming over Cameroon's hosting rights of the tournament come 2019 will be determined by the independent CAF inspection team expected to be in the country from the 21st to the 28th of August 2017.