CAF's decision to strip Ivory Coast of 2021 Cup of Nations hosting rights is 'stupid,' says Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier

Instead of replacing Cameroon as hosts, African football's governing body offered them the 2021 edition, which had originally been awarded to Ivory Coast.

Agence France-Presse December 11, 2018 19:40:57 IST
CAF's decision to strip Ivory Coast of 2021 Cup of Nations hosting rights is 'stupid,' says Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier

Abidjan: Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier on Monday slammed the "stupid" decision of CAF to strip his country of the right to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

CAFs decision to strip Ivory Coast of 2021 Cup of Nations hosting rights is stupid says Tottenham fullback Serge Aurier

File image of Serge Aurier. Reuters

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) finally announced their long-anticipated decision to take the 2019 finals away from Cameroon due to delays in the building of infrastructure and a fragile security situation.

But instead of just replacing Cameroon as hosts, African football's governing body opted to offer the country the 2021 edition, which had originally been awarded to the Ivory Coast.

"I'm shocked, I don't understand this decision," Tottenham full-back Aurier told French television channel Canal+.

"For me, it's a shambles, a matter for politicians. It's a pity, it's a stupid decision. As a player, we want this CAN in 2021 in our country," said Aurier.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad told AFP on Monday that the body is "expecting" a response from the Ivory Coast after it was offered the hosting rights for 2023 instead.

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