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Yaounde Olembe stadium under construction

By Ngain Steve Jordan and Kesah Princely

Cameroon’s Sports Minister has begun taking messures to accelerate works in some stadia earmarked for the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

In a recent communique, Minister
Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said some football Stadia will be temporarily closed to the public from August 1-30, 2019.

According to him, some maintenance is expected to be done ahead of the CHAN 2020 and AFCON 2021 Games.

“These facilities are the results of majors investments and they will soon host international competitions of high magnitude,” the release read in part.

After failing to impress several inspection teams from the continent’s football governing body, CAF before 2019, the government is making strides not to lose the 2021 hosting rights.

Minister Narcisse Mouelle has visisted some stadia in Douala, Limbe and Yaounde especially those under construction in localities of Olembe, Japoma and the Reunification Stadium in Douala.

Cameroon’s position to host AFCON 2021 will highly depend on its hosting of CHAN 2020.

There is even more pressure on the Biya regime as Algeria has already announced its bid to host AFCON 2021. Cameroon lastly hosted the AFCON in 1972 when she jointly organised with Congo.

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