In application of the Covid-19 protocol set by the African Football Confederation, the traditional pre-match press conference will not take place on the eve of the Côte d’Ivoire derby scheduled for Monday, September 6, 2021 at Ebimpe Stadium. .
After their brilliant victory (2-0) Friday against Malawi in the first day of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have been in Abidjan since Saturday where they will face Ivory Coast on Monday, September 6, 2021. , on the occasion of the second day. Since arriving in the Ivorian capital, Antonio Conceiçao’s team has been confined to Tiama Hotel where they have taken up residence, at a place called Plateau. Like the Ivorian opponent, the Cameroon team has built a bubble around it since its arrival. No movement is allowed on the part of the players and staff, let alone statements to the press.
Moreover, contrary to tradition, the pre-match press conference supposed to allow the staffs of the two teams to present the state of mind within their respective group will not take place, in application of the Covid protocol. -19 set by CAF around the match. A decision criticized by the sports press while the same body at the heart of continental football authorized the presence of 10,000 spectators in the stands of the Ebimpe Stadium for this derby between the two giants of African football.