CAF’s decision on Friday November 30, to strip Cameroon of hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations has sparked worldwide debates. Back home, Cameroonians are using social networks like Facebook and Twitter to react.
Many are still to come to term with the decision. The hosting rights of the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations will be handed over to any other African country, excerpt Cameroon.
In a Facebook post on Friday November 30, 2018, Serge Espoir Matomba, candidate at the October 7 Presidential election blamed the government for lack of consciousness which led to the CAF decision. “We could have avoided this other humiliation if only we were better prepared, … isn’t it better to step back so as to better jump?’
Another politician, Cabral Libii, Candidate at the October 7 Presidential election, in a Facebook post on Saturday December 1, said government is responsible for the failure. “Disappointed by the incompetence of those who lead us. Forty years after, they are unable to organize a major continental football competition”.
“CAF really wants to disgrace Cameroon. They had to give us a chance. Paul Biya had promised all will be ready on time. Why then did he come to Cameroon?” Kingsley Che, Student at the University of Yaounde 2, Soa wondered in a tweet shared on December 2, 2018.
For Jean Bruno Tagne, deputy general manager in charge of information at Canal 2 International, President Paul Biya was to visit some sports facilities under renovation or construction. He argues it will have sent a strong signal to the football governing body.