By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com Cameroon
The city of Douala has proven beyond reasonable doubts their readiness in hosting the most prestigious continental jamboree in the days ahead which is the African Cup of Nations 2021. Touring through the streets of Douala capital city of the Littoral region of Cameroon, a lot has been put in place to welcome foreigners and to depict the colours of the African continent.
In the days ahead the central African Nation will be hosting the 33rd edition of the AFCON counting for the second 24 nation tournament to run from January 9 to February 6 across five cities after Egypt hosted in 2019.
Douala being home of football legends like Roger Milla, Joseph Antoine Bell and others who made it big at the international scene, has been beautifully decorated to suit the prestigious men’s football tournament. Streets, Bars, Restaurants, motorbikes, Bridges all carry the flags and logos of the 24 nations to compete in Cameroon. This therefore shows the readiness of Cameroon and Cameroonians to host TotalEnergies AFCON 2021.
The City of Douala will host Group E matches comprising of Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast with the Japoma Omnisport Stadium as playground. This is not the first time Douala is hosting continental games and it is almost a routine after hosting games of the just ended CHAN 2020, AWCON 2019, World Cup qualifier games and some CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup games.
In terms of facilities, the Mbapelepe Studium, Reunification Stadium, Bonamoussadi Stadium and the newly constructed Japoma Omnisport Stadium make up fields for trainings and playground approved by the Confederation for African Football CAF. Not leaving out beautiful hotels, well constructed roads, the beautiful River Wouri and lots more that will build memorise in the minds of visitors.
When the AFCON comes knocking countries and individuals who will be able to visit the football nation, will have much to ride home with after the great works of the president of the local organizing committee Samuel Ivaha Dibua.
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