Speculations are running wild after Morocco announced its decision to not race for the hosting rights for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN).
Rabat – Algerian news outlet Ennahar Online translated Morocco’s decision to not bid for the 2019 AFCON as “fear” of Algeria.
In an article posted yesterday, Ennahar asked a provocative question in its title “Algeria is behind Morocco’s decision to not host CAN 2019?”
The news outlet also claimed that Morocco did not present any clear reasons for its refusal to replace Cameroon as “it owns the facilities and stadiums that allow it to do so, but the real reason is apparent.”
On Wednesday, Morocco’s Minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi Alami officially announced that Morocco will not bid to host the tournament.
On December 1, the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) stripped Cameroon of AFCON hosting rights due to lack of venues and facilities to host teams and fans.
After Cameroon’s rejection, CAF invited other countries to submit applications to host the tournament.
International and local news outlets speculated that Morocco would step up replace Cameroon, but Alami’s statement denied the rumors.
Even before CAF’s decision to eliminate Cameroon, Moroccan officials said they were not interested in hosting Morocco’s government also showed full support for Cameroon’s determination to host the tournament.
Throughout the year, Moroccan officials vowed their support for Cameroon. In March, President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa said that Morocco ‘is alongside our Cameroonian friends.”
He added that FRMF is at “the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon,” and “the rumors are over.
Egypt is now expected to submit its bid to host the 2019 CAN.