Rabat - Morocco’s minister of sports has denied that Morocco will replace Cameroon as host of CAN 2019 next June.
Rabat – Morocco’s minister of sports has denied that Morocco will replace Cameroon as host of CAN 2019 next June.
Alami was responding to the French online news outlet Mediapart, which said that Cameroon would be deprived of hosting the 2019 CAN in favor of Morocco because of issues related to sporting and tourism infrastructure. The minister said, “I can affirm that we have not thought for even one second about hosting the CAN because there is no reason for it.”
The minister condemned “how much fake news can invade and pollute information, including in the mainstream media.” He added that “neither for the King Mohammed VI, is there a question of organizing it. I repeat, this idea has never crossed our heads. To be honest, seeing this rumor circulating, I first took it with a smile, so it seemed amazing to me that we can believe it.”
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The minister noted that Cameroon is a friendly country and that “we are brother countries.”
Alami also considered the assertion that Cameroon would be unable to organize the 2019 CAN as a personal insult, saying, “When it is claimed that Cameroon will not be ready, we also take it as a personal insult whose purpose is the ability of African countries to organize major sporting events.”
Cameroon is facing several issues related to CAN, mainly delays in the construction of stadiums after thousands of workers went on strike, and the fact foreign companies have stopped working because the Cameroonian government cannot meet its financial obligations.