The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The decision was reached on Friday after the CAF executive committee meeting held meeting in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

“Today, the @CAF_Online Executive Committee met in Accra, Ghana and has decided that @FecafootOfficie could not host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations – Further information will follow soon,” a tweet from CAF’s official Twitter handle said.

According to CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, the African football governing body would work to ‘determine a new organizing country by the end of the year’.

Cameroon, who are five time African football champions have struggled to demonstrate their capacity to host the finals since CAF decided to increase the size of the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.

The 2019 finals will take place from June 15 to July 13, a change from the traditional January period which has been welcomed by club managers in Europe who were previously forced to release their African players to international duty in mid-season.