By Ngain Steve Jordan, In Yaounde
Some Cameroonians are expressing hopes that the delegation of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)which is on an inspection visit in Cameroon, will submit fair assessments of the country’s preparedness to host AFCON 2021, at the end of their inspection mission.
The cities that will be visited for proper assessment are Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua and Yaoundé. It is the political capital that opened the ball of inspections which began on September 26 in Yaoundé, acompanied by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education.
On September 30, an evaluation session will take place in Yaoundé. The Minister of Sports chaired on September 24, a working session with all the actors involved in the organization of the CHAN 2020.
Mr. Constant Omari, current first Vice-President of CAF is the head of the 7-man delegation. He and his team will inspect hospitals, hotels and the different stadia where the competitions will take place.
To help him in this task, some members of the previous mission accompanied him including Ismail Wally and Makan Ma-gassouba.
This thorough examination of the preparations will be in accordance with CAF’s specifications and recommendations.
The staff of the Omnisport stadium were confident within hours of the assessment of the sports centre. This stadium has benches with a capacity of 20 places per team; the sports complex has been enriched with various equipment.
Lighting amplification work and development of the press areas are continuing.
Stage two of inspections will take place on Friday September 26, with a stop in Bafoussam.
It remains unclear whether Cameroon will be deemed ready to host the AFCON 2021 jamboree, given that construction works are still ongoing. They were stripped of the right to host the 2019 AFCON owing to poor infrastructure and security challenges.