By Afeseh Apong
▪️The President of CAF, Patrice Motsepe had an audience with the president of the Republic of Cameroon
▪️Confirms AFCON kick-off on January 09, with the Indomitable lions vs Burkina Faso fixture in view.
The President of the Confederation of African Football, Dr Patrice Motsepe, has Confirmed that the 2021 African Nations Cup, will kick-off in Cameroon on January 09, 2022.
Dr Patrice Motsepe, together with his Vice Augustine Senghor alongside FECAFOOT’s president, Samuel Eto’o, were at Cameroon’s presidency, to discuss with president Paul Biya. Discussions which the South African business Tycoon confirmed were fruitful, with the AFCON set to go on hitch free.
“I had a very good meeting with the president of Cameroon. Yesterday we were talking about the infrastructure, the facilities, very good work has been done,” Motsepe told reporters at the Unity Palace.
“I’m going to be here on the 07 of January, and I’m coming to watch football. I’m coming to watch on the 09, Cameroon vs Burkina Faso. On the 09 of January, we will kick off and i will also be around to wait and see when the trophy will be handed.
“We have a fundamental obligation to develop our continent and make African football amongst the best in the world,” Motsepe added.
“We have to build African football. Both football for males and football for girls. We want our African players to play in Europe and do well and we also want to build African football so that in it’s own rights, it can become a center for global excellence.
“We can’t always allow Africa to come at the end and to be at the back. This is a new generation, we’ve got to allow our people to work together for our children, so that the young boys and girls in Cameroon will want to watch Eto’o and get inspired by Eto’o.”
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Hosting a 24_Nations AFCON in the Covid-19 era seems challenging, but Dr Motsepe believes it’s going to be a Successful one.
“We must always identify problems and challenges, but not shy away from it. But also have confidence that we can overcome them and deal in a responsible and accountable manner. So we have said it, nobody will be allowed into the stadium without a PCR test, because we have to protect those spectators and of course there are concerns that there will be lots of fake tests going around, we’re dealing with those issues.
We have to believe in ourselves that we can host a very successful AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, that will make the people of Cameroon and Africa proud.”
We the air cleared, it is now obviously that Cameroon will vibrate to the tune of African Football come January 09, when the Indomitable lions of Cameroon clash with Burkina Faso in the tournament’s opener, at the Olembe Stadium.
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