2019 AFCON – Cameroon, Gets Ready

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Cameroon’s bid to host the 2019 AFCON, the biggest football event in the continent has kept football fans wondering if the country will meet up with CAF’s expectations.
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These sceptics point to the slow progress of work at the construction sites and facilities that will host participants during the 2019 AFCON.

On Thursday 20th July 2019, a CAF executive meeting in Rabat, Morocco made reforms some of which directly concern Cameroon.

These include;
1-The number of participating countries at the AFCON competitions increased from 16 t0 24.
2-The tournament moved to the months of June and July from the innitial January.

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In view of the new developments, many Cameroonians took to the social media and other media platforms to express worries concerning Cameroon’s readiness to host 24 instead of the 16 countries.

They argue that work has to speed up and the innitial four stadia and three training grounds earmarked to serve during the competition will not be enough.

Before the changes, the sixteen teams to participate at the 2019 Cameroon AFCON had to be divided into four groups.

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Group A to be positioned in Yaounde
Group B,Douala and Limbe
Group C,Bafoussam
Group D,Garoua.

Presently, the 24 teams has to be grouped in six.

The most probable option at present is to have Limbe which served as a play ground during the 2017 Women AFCON host a group.

Yaounde with the Ahmadou Ahidjo and the Olembe stadia, can host an additional group.

Thankfully the Italian company,n, Piccini, charged with the construction of the 60000-seater capacity football structure in Olembe only recently assured the public that it will meet the deadline .

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Another change in Cameroon’s favour is the competition month that has been moved from January to June.
The gives the country an additional six months

Though many think the 2018 Presidential elections will be a distraction from a smooth preparation, the Minister of Sports and Phisical Education, in a recent media outing, was very reassuring.

As the CAF executive meeting continues in Rabat Morroco, many expect other changes

Benly Anchunda

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