Seven months before the kick-off of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next January in Cameroon, a CAF delegation led by General General Veron Mosengo-Omba arrived on Monday, June 14 to Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport for a two-day mission.
The visit will, among other things, set up a permanent CAF office in Cameroon, and to set the new bases for the draw ceremony, initially scheduled for June 25 and postponed to a later date for better preparation of the important event.
Mosengo-Omba is accompanied by the Deputy Secretary General in charge of development and football, Anthony Baffoe, Director of Competitions Samson Adamu, Commercial Director Ali Aissaoui, Assistant to CAF General Secretary Office , Sandra Latorre, as well as Collins Smith, Head of FIFA Tournaments and Events, whose expertise will be put to good use for the success of African football showpiece.
This visit will take place mainly in Yaoundé until June 16 and will allow the Local Organizing Committee (COCAN-21), FECAFOOT (Cameroon Football Federation) and CAF to agree on the last essential points.
A visit to Olembé Stadium where work is continuing will take place on Tuesday. The jewel with a capacity of 60,000 is expected to host the opening and closing matches of TotalEnergies AFCON. Located 13 km away from the urban center of Yaoundé, the venue also houses two additional stadiums planned for teams training.
The twenty-four (24) team Africa Cup of Nations requires more resources and careful preparation. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, CAF and Cameroon intend to take up the organizational challenge to make the event a global success, as desired by CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe.
Total CHAN experience, an added value
Cameroon can ride on the success of the 2020 Total African Nations Championship which was held on its territory between January – February. Four venues were selected for the event: Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, Douala-Japoma, Douala-Bepanda and Limbé-Buea.
The programming of the next Africa Cup of Nations from January 9 to February 6, 2022, i.e., the same period that saw the Total CHAN held, will therefore be an advantage relative to the context and the conditions, even if the logistical means employed will have to be more important. Six (6) sites and no longer four (4) will be used for the flagship African competition.
After the Monday meeting with the President of COCAN and Cameroonian Minister of Sports, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, the program of Tuesday June 15 includes a visit to the Olembe Sports Complex, the inauguration of the CAF office and finally a press briefing scheduled at FECAFOOT headquarters.