By Njodzeka Danhatu
Cameroon’s Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakery has expressed dissatisfaction to CAF’s decision to withdraw Cameroon’s hosting right of the AFCON2019, saying that the decision casts a question of ethics on the continental football managing body.
According to Minister Tchiroma, CAF decision was unethical, as he said, it was injustice done to Cameroon considering its level of preparedness for next year grand jamboree.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, took the decision last Friday November 31 during its extra-ordinary executive meeting in Accra, Ghana to striped off Cameroon hosting right, citing cases of insecurity, slow level of preparation among others.
The spokesman of the government though dissatisfied, said, Cameroon is still going continue with the construction of the various infrastructures in the country that can be used for other gaming activities.
He was speaking on Saturday December 1, at a press conference in Yaounde, during which he said, the Head of State, Paul Biya has called on all Cameroonians to exercise resilience.
Chiroma’s statement in its entirety
“The Government of the Republic of Cameroon has taken note with dismay of the decision taken by the CAF Executive Committee, which met in Accra last November 30, 2018, to withdraw the hosting of the 2019 AFCON from Cameroon.
This surprising decision for more than one reason, is certainly unfair with regard to the huge investments made by our country, which has led to outstanding modern infrastructures as witnessed by all. In the same vein, this decision is unmerited considering the resolve of the Head of State and the people of Cameroon to make all-out effort to host a remarkable celebration of African football in 2019.
It is clear from the outset of this matter, that, our country has been subjected to a treatment which can therefore give rise to questioning.
In the face of this blatant injustice, the Government of the Republic urges the People of Cameroon to remain calm and not to indulge into futile arguments. Cameroon has put in a creditable performance. It shall prove it to the entire world by completing with the same determination and on time the construction of these modern infrastructures belonging to the Cameroonian people, as pledged by the Head of State.
Nevertheless, it is worth underscoring that African football would not match the exploits of other better performing continents in the absence of an ethical conduct.
Our country, which has written the pages of African football in bold letters, will not relent her efforts in working with other African countries and international football bodies to develop football in our beloved Africa.”