Holders Cameroon will not be hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, following the uncertainties over delays with its preparation.

The Central African country won the most recent Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.

CAF made the decision on Friday after a meeting of its executive committee and president, Ahmad Ahmad, announced a new bidding process was to be opened.

Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has 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.

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

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