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CAF intensifies AFCON preparations despite postponement rumours

THE Secretary General of the Confederation of African Football, Veron Mosengo-Omba, is keen to ensure the Africa Cup of Nations is successfully hosted by Cameroon.

The 2021 AFCON will be held in the Central African country from 9 January to 6 February, one year after its original schedule, the shift occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although there are unverified reports in the English media about another postponement due to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, CAF has continued its work with Cameroon towards a hitch-free tournament.

Mosengo-Omba noted the progress made by the host country and urged everyone to to ensure that everything is in place for the opening game on 9 January 2022.

The Secretary General is currently in Cameroon with the CAF team and he held meetings with Minister of Sports, Professor Narcise Mouelle Kombi, and Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie.

Mosengo-Omba also spent time at the Olembe Stadium where he met the team working on the facility.

“The meetings were important in getting a level of understanding on the state of readiness in Cameroon,” he told CAF’s official website.

“There is a lot of work that is being done. We have to continue with the same momentum. We cannot rest. We have to work around the clock. I’m not resting, the LOC cannot rest. CAF cannot rest. Everyone must join the efforts. We want to see a great TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations here in Cameroon in January next year.

“Together with the Minister of Sport, we discussed all the pending issues and the way forward.”

Mosengo-Omba admitted that some areas still needed finishing touches but he is optimistic everything will be ready by 9 January.

“There is a lot of progress in most operational matters and there is work that is currently being done day and night by the host nation Cameroon to ensure that all the facilities for the teams are ready,” he said.

“We know of the massive effort that everyone is putting as part of the final touches on the ground. We see this progress, we acknowledge this progress.”

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