2022 AFCON: CAF Clears Doubts About Cameroon’s Readiness

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The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), revealed they have made some observations to Cameroon that require urgent attention amid speculation that the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) could be postponed or cancelled.

There has been widespread concern in the past few days as to whether the tournament is ready to go ahead in January as planned, in light of rumours on social media. CAF confirmed they will continue to make checks on Cameroon in the next weeks.

CAF’s Organising Committee’s delegation recently travelled to Cameroon to inspect the facilities ahead of the showpiece and there was an element of concern just over two months before the January 9 start date.

CAF President Patrice Motsepe (C) leads a delegation during a visit to the stadium hosting next year’s final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

“The Executive Committee noted the report and the progress made so far.” CAF said in a statement. “The EXCO emphasised the need to make follow-ups with the Local Organising Committee on the areas that still need some urgent attention ahead of the kick-off on January 9, 2022.”

The tournament looks likely to go ahead barring any late hiccups. However, if Cameroon does not take urgent steps to address concerns raised by CAF, the continent’s football-governing body could be forced to move the competition to another country.

Cameroon was initially billed to host the competition in 2019, but the country’s failure to meet certain criteria set by CAF forced the body to move it to Egypt. That scenario is playing out again, albeit not as serious as it was in 2019.

 

Chidi Nwoke/The Guardian.