By Beng Emmanuel
The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations trophy has arrived host nation Cameroon and has been unveiled barely a month to the start of the continent’s premium sporting event (AFCON 2021).
The gold-plated trophy arrived at Yaoundé on Monday December 7 from Egypt and has been to an impressive 17 other African countries before Cameroon.
Speaking during the brief but colourful unveiling ceremony Cameroon’s Sport Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said: “The presence of the AFCON trophy in Cameroon is proof that we are ready and CAF has given us the opportunity to celebrate through”. He also hopes that the trophy remains in Cameroon at the end of the competition.
From the Ministry of Sport and Physical Education, the trophy was taken to the Star Building and presented to the Prime Minister Head of Government Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute.
The prestigious trophy will visit the various cities to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. This will give fans the opportunities to take pictures and engage in activities. They will make stops in Douala, Buea-Limbe, Garoua and Bafoussam before returning to Yaounde ahead of the kick-off of the 33rd edition of the AFCON.
The delayed biennial continental football tournament to feature 24-nations will run from January 9 to February 2022. Algeria are defending champions.