News Brief
Cameroon vs Chilé at the African Cup of Nations 2017. Image via Wikimedia.

Cameroon Has Been Stripped of Hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Football officials say the country failed to prepare for the tournament in time.

Cameroon will no longer be the site of the continent's biggest football tournament in 2019, as The Confederation of African Footbal (CAF) has moved to strip the country of its hosting duties for next year's Africa Cup of Nations, reports BBC News.

After meeting for 10 hours in Accra on Friday, it was decided that Cameroon had been behind in making proper arrangements to prepare for the tournament, which is set to take place in June and July of 2019. Cameroon won the tournament in 2017.


"A number of compliance conditions have not been met" said CAF in a statement, adding that it did not want to expose the Cup of Nations to "any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition."

A new host country is yet to be announced. CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad stated that a new biding process will be opened, and that countries have until December to bid, reports The Guardian.

According to BBC Sport, however, both South Africa and Egypt are both under consideration.

The Africa Cup of Nations was hosted in Morocco this year, after Kenya, where it was originally slated to take place, experienced similar delays in prepping for the tournament.

The committee did not make known whether the current crisis taking place in English-speaking regions of Cameroon had any bearing on their decision.


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.