Will the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) invalidate Cameroon's qualification for CAN 2019? The question will be studied during the hearing on May 29, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The verdict should be pronounced a few days after this hearing, about 3 weeks before the start of the competition scheduled for Egypt, from June 21 to July 19.
The Comorian Football Federation, which has lodged an appeal against the CAF, demands the strict application of Rule 92 of the Rules of Procedure. Which stipulates that if an association that has obtained the organization of the final tournament of the African Cup of Nations withdraws or is withdrawn the organization, one year before the competition, it will be suspended at the next edition.
A scenario which, for the Coelacanths, should apply to Cameroon, which has been withdrawn from the organization of the CAN 2019 for the benefit of Egypt, because of numerous delays in the preparations. Evolving in the same group as the "Indomitable Lions" during the qualifying phase, the Comoros hope to take advantage of the disqualification of the second of the pool to win his ticket for the final phase of the competition.
The dispute between the Comorian federation and the CAF arises from the refusal of the instance of African football to apply the double sanction against Cameroon. For the President of the Continental Authority, the Indomitable Lions deserve their qualification. Opposing a categorical refusal at the request of the Comoros.
"They are fourth in their group. Even if they believe that Cameroon does not deserve to be at the CAN, Cameroon has just demonstrated on the lawn that it deserves the qualification (beating the Comoros 3 - 0 on the last day, Ed). Everything must first be played on the ground, " said Ahmad Ahmad, in an interview with pan-African television Africa Media late March.
"Our rules are clear. Clause 92 talks about withdrawal and withdrawal. And legally this is not the case. So section 92 does not apply. It was the CAF that decided to postpone the CAN of Cameroon, and make this shift (now in 2021, ed). It is a postponement, not a cancellation of the CAN in Cameroon, " concluded the Malagasy.
Pending the decision of the CAS in the days to come, the Comorian selection Prepares CAN 2019, for a possible decision in their favor. "We have planned to start a preparation on June 3rd, certainly in France, with a friendly match scheduled for the first week. If we do not participate in the competition, our internship will stop on June 7th. Otherwise it would extend to Egypt if we were to participate, " says Ben Amir Saadi, the manager of the Comorian team.
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