Minister of sports, FECAFOOT's president and Antònio Conceição, signing the official contract

By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.


The head coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon António Conceição Da Silva Oliveira has told kick442.com that he welcomes the decision to postpone the 2021 AFCON tournament to 2022 and plans to meet his bosses in the days ahead.

The Portuguese gaffer took office late last year as a replacement for Clarence Seedorf.

Two games into the Conceição era, there is a need for the gaffer to completely overhaul his plans following CAF’s popular decision to postpone the much anticipated 2021 AFCON tournament owing to the difficulties to have the tournament’s qualifiers games as planned.

Speaking to this Pan African Sports News Agency on Wednesday, July 1, the erstwhile Cluj gaffer also revealed his plan of action.

“We have to accept that the pandemic is a real challenge around the globe. This has forced many governments to take actions to prevent movements in an attempt to protect people’s health. Based on this, nobody can challenge CAF’s decision,” Coach Conceição averred in a discussion with the kick442.com team.

In truth, there hasn’t been free movements of persons on the continent since most governments decided to close their borders in March this year, just after the first cases of the Corona virus pandemic were reported.

This situation has led to the postponement of AFCON 2021 qualifiers games for the FIFA international breaks of March, June and September 2020.

Coach Conceição has accepted the situation, and plans to employ a new plan for his team.

“It is obvious, this will lead to a rescheduling of the Indomitable Lions plan. We will continue to scout and detect new talents. We have to continue following competitive matches to see the evolution of between 45-50 players on our observation list. I will soon meet FECAFOOT and the Minister of Sports for a working session on the new program for the Indomitable Lions,” the Portuguese tactician concluded.

Cameroon will host the AFCON for a first-time in 50 years in 2022.

The five-time African champions are currently 2nd in Group F of the qualifiers after two games from which they have fetched four points.

There is a likelihood that the qualifiers resumes in October and November this year ahead of the 2022 event.


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