Cameroon has been stripped of the right to stage the 2019 African Nations Soccer Cup Finals.The Confederation of African Football confirmed the unanimous decision after a meeting of its executive committee in Accra.Morocco is the favourite to take over the hosting of the expanded 24-team tournament, which is being held from June 15 to July 13.

The new host is expected to be named before the end of the year.Cameroon’s ability to host the finals was first questioned when CAF announced in July last year that the tournament would have eight additional teams and only countries capable of putting on world-class tournament, with complete facilities and extensive infrastructure would be allowed to stage the event.

Morocco immediately said it was ready to replace Cameroon. CAF sent several inspection teams to Cameroon to check on the progress of the construction of five stadiums proposed for the tournament.Next year’s nations cup will be the first moved to mid-year to end a long-standing clash between clubs and countries over the release of their players.It will be the fourth successive nations cup to have a change of host.