Posted on 23.11.2021 at 23:57 by Christian DJIMADEU
The African Football Confederation is worried about the delay in finishing the stadium, the first of which was laid more than 10 years ago. About this infrastructure to house the opening and closing of the great festival of African football, the secretary general of CAF warns the country of Paul Biya.
In a document sent on November 17, 2021 to the Minister of Sports, president of the local organizing committee of CAN, CAF waves the yellow card, synonymous with warning.
» 54 days before the start of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, I must bring to your attention – for useful follow-up on your part – serious concerns regarding the organization of the tournament, in particular with regard to the following points: 1- Olembé: According to the photo report (state of the stadium on 16.11.2021 in photo. Editor’s note) the state of progress of the exteriors of the Olembé stadium, including the delivery is promised for November 30, 2021, seems without progress since my last visit on October 22 », regrets the Secretary General Veron mosengo–Omba.
The Congolese adds: » I am sorry to note that despite the many visits, in particular that of the President and Secretary General of CAF and the Vice-President of CAF and the promises that followed, actions did not follow. Regarding the Olembe stadium, know that if everything is not settled by November 30 2021, the opening match will take place elsewhere. Arrangements have already been made in this meaning, but it would be unfortunate for the Col d’Organisation, for CAF and for Cameroon. ”
While last Saturday, the Minister of Sports president of Cocan praised the infrastructure, announcing that it is on track to be received on November 30. Propaganda that does not impress the African Football Confederation, which demands the following urgent actions:
a) share with us a work plan of the company responsible for the work;
b) ensure that the outer perimeter fence will be installed before (December 10);
c) form a team responsible for the management of the stadium and present the organization chart to us.
CAF is not so happy with the lawn maintenance program, which it says remains inconsistent to this day. « The Bangou site is impractical, even for training, and the work is unfinished. » So CAF announces that it will send a professional lawn maintenance team to do the necessary work.
As a reminder, Cameroon will host the 33rd African Cup of Nations football from January 9 to February 16, 2022. The competition belongs to CAF which allocates the editions to the requesting States.