Morocco ends speculations regarding AFCON 2019 hosting rights

Morocco ends speculations regarding AFCON 2019 hosting rights
Badr Benoun of Morocco receives CHAN trophy from Morocco Prince during the 2018 CHAN Final football match between Morocco and Nigeria at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco on 04 February 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Mar 08, 2018. 12:00

Despite speculation that Morocco are positioned to take over the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations hosting rights, the country’s FA has backed Cameroon as hosts.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation’s Fouzi Lekjaa, who released a statement on Tuesday, said that they back their Cameroonian counterparts to stage a successful tournament next year.

FRMF made a joint statement to the media in Morocco with the normalisation Committee of the Cameroon Football Federation’s Dieudonné Happi.

Lekjaa said they want to put an end to rumours doing the rounds in the media regarding the hosting rights.

“We wanted to talk to you to put an end to rumours making rounds in the media for a while. I reiterate the position of the FRMF and the Kingdom of Morocco,” said Lekjaa to the CAF website.

“The kingdom is alongside our Cameroonian friends.

“And the FRMR is at the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon an African football festival.

“So the rumours are over. Relations between the King of Morocco and President Biya of Cameroon are relations that are above the football manifestations.”

On the other hand, FECAFOOT's Happi added that the relations between the two nations has been healthy and has never suffered.

"The relationship between the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, and the King of Morocco has never suffered from any cold whatsoever," he told

"Moroccans and Cameroonians have always lived together in peace, harmony and solidarity."

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