Ahmad unwavering on 24-team CAN


Recently elected president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad gives a speech during ...
(FILE0Recently elected president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad gives a speech during the first ever African Football Symposium in Skhirat, on the outskirts of the Moroccan capital, on July 18, 2017. Delegates from all CAF's 55 member federations, coaches, retired players as well as top football officials from FIFA are in the Moroccan city of Rabat to discuss , among other issues, the future of African Cup of Nations, including its format and timing. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

African football supremo Ahmad Ahmad insisted on Tuesday he is not backing down over plans to increase the African Cup of Nations (CAN) from 16 to 24 teams despite Cameroon’s organisational struggles.

Back in August, world governing body FIFA appointed a committee to run crisis-hit Cameroonian football amid growing fears the country would not be able to host the 2019 CAN.

And despite the country’s difficulties in completing necessary infrastructure, Confederation of African Football president (CAF) Ahmad said no compromise will be made regarding the number of participating countries.

“If the host country cannot organise it (the CAN) we’ll find another country that can,” Ahmad said on Tuesday during a visit to Abidjan.

The 2019 edition is due to be the first to see 24 teams qualify, a 50 percent increase on previous editions.

“With regards Cameroon 2019, I cannot predict anything but all the authorities within the country right up to the head of state have always assured us they will be ready,” added Ahmad.

Back in August, Ahmad had warned that Cameroon “isn’t ready to welcome even four teams”, although Cameroonian President Paul Biya had insisted his nation “will be ready when the day comes”.

 

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