2021 Africa Cup of Nations In Qatar?
Barely 33 days to the long awaited kick off of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament confirmed for Cameroon, the hosts are on panicky situation.
As it stands now, Cameroon might again lose Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights due to country’s slow progress in finishing preparations, Ducor Sports understands.
The government is yet to hand Olembe Stadium, the sight of the opening and closing ceremonies, to sports authorities as the proposed November 30 date was postponed indefinitely.
The Central African nation has already inaugurated four other stadiums in the cities of Douala and Garoua, as well as Chinese-constructed stadiums in Bafoussam and Limbe, but reports indicate they also need some finishing.
Sources at Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicate that the football governing body president Dr Patrice Motsepe is worried about the slow development process at Olembe Stadium.
The AFCON is scheduled to take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022 and with time running out, Qatar is reported to have stated that they are willing to step into the breach.
The Gulf-nation, Qatar has infrastructure in place and world-class facilities in the 2022 World Cup host country.
Cameroon was scrapped the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights before it was awarded to Egypt due to significant delay on the delivery of infrastructures.
There were also concerns over the safety situation in the country where English speakers have been protesting for the past two years about what they say is their marginalization by the francophone-dominated administration.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations was originally scheduled for June and July this year, but was moved forward to January next year due to Cameroon’s hot summer climate.