Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) made the decision on Friday after a meeting of its executive committee.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad announced a new bidding process was to be opened.

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Countries have until the end of December 2018 to submit bids.

The tournament starts is scheduled to kick off in June 2019.

Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has already been touted as a replacement host.

CAF said in September that there was a “significant delay” with the building of stadiums and related infrastructure but gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.

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One of those was to assess the security situation after an escalation in violence in the southwest and northwest of the country involving English-speaking separatists and government forces.

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