Cameroon to play AFCON after CAS dismisses Comoros case

CAS ruled Comoros did not have a valid case to exclude Cameroon from the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving it free to play the tournament.

Cameroon is the Africa Cup of Nations defending champion.   -  Getty Images

Cameroon will play at the Africa Cup of Nations after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeals from the Comoros Football Federation (FFC) over its participation.

The FFC argued Cameroon should be excluded from the 2019 tournament after it was stripped of hosting rights.

Egypt was made host of the finals in January after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) deemed Cameroon not fit to host an expanded 24-team format after delays in its preparations.

However, CAS said the FFC's appeals are inadmissible as it has no "concrete sporting interest" in excluding Cameroon as doing so "would have no impact on the ranking of the FFC in its qualifying group for the 2019 [tournament] and that it was therefore mathematically impossible for it to qualify for this competition".

CAS "also concluded that the FFC had no sufficient legal interest" in requesting Cameroon's football federation (FECAFOOT) be suspended.

Defending champion Cameroon finished second in Group B of AFCON qualifying to book its place in the tournament, where it is to scheduled to meet Guinea-Bissau, Ghana and Benin in the pool stages.