By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Cameroon will host the African Cup of Nations AFCON 2021 to be played come January 2022, a tournament which was initially slated January 2021, and later postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
Several modalities are being put in place by both host nation Cameroon and the Confederation for African Football CAF to ensure a successful hosting, this includes meetings held, visits, constructions and more. The greatest worry at this point raised by pundits remains the fact that is Cameroon ready to host the continental jamboree forthcoming in months.
A successful hosting of the African Nations Championship CHAN 2020 by the central African nation months back is an indication of a successful AFCON, coupled with that, the beautiful stadia earmarked for the competition gives positive vibes and hope for better days come January 2022.
The country has also been able to come up with a mascot named “Mola” out of about 35 entries and an anthem out of about 100 entries. These are to depict the colours of the country.
Contrarily some schools of thought hold it that fear has over taken the country while the prepare to host for the second time after 1972 experience. This has been justified by the numerous visits paid by MINSEP boss Narcisse Moulle Kombi to the Olembe stadium, both planned and surprised visit. The ultra modern Sports facility is expected to host the opening and closing ceremony of the tournament.
This is also characterised by the consistent increase in the number of workers at the construction site, coupled with pressure mounted on contractors. A tour t
Ahead of CAF’s seven days inspection visit, Sports Minister has embarked on a tour to various regions shortlisted to host games (Centre, North, West, South West, Littoral) to ensure all is well ahead of time, a good gesture misunderstood
Host Cameroon will be joined at the tournament by Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia and Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Nigeria have also qualified. Algeria are the reigning champions after beating Senegal in the 2019 final.
23 teams have secured places at the tournament, following the last round of qualifiers in March. The final place at the 24-team event will be determined in June, after Sierra Leone and Benin’s match could not take place after the latter refused to play when five of their players tested positive for COVID-19.
Time will be the best magistrate to determine the beauty of the competition as anticipated.
The competition will run from 9 January – 6 February 2022.
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