AFCON2021: Doubts Emerge at State of Japoma Stadium Lawn

By Augustine Nyuykongi

The state of the lawn of the Japoma Football Stadium in Douala has come to question as the pitch is currently the worst of all six stadiums being used for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

The lawn looks highly deteriorated, with some bald patches and very sparse grass on it. There have been calls for games to be moved from the Japoma Stadium to an alternative stadium by the teams playing on it.

Many have criticized authorities responsible for the stadium of poor maintenance. 

Cameroonians on social media have lambasted the poor state of the pitch, and have questioned the inability of the authorities to maintain the stadium after the AFCON.

“What happened to the pitch of the Japoma Stadium? Barely 3 months ago it was world-class & today it doesn’t look it at all. Seeing this has once again triggered my concerns over maintenance of these stadiums once the Afcon ends?” asked CRTV’s Njie Enow Ebai on Twitter.

Another Twitter user said that the exterior of the stadium did not reflect its interior. “I noticed Japoma is beautiful outside, but rotten inside. Garoua, Bafoussam, and limbe are more beautiful both in and out than this Japoma thing,” he insinuated.

The Governor of the Littoral Region, Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua in an attempt to clear doubts about the state of the lawn in the Douala Stadium on Tuesday said the lawn has no problem.

“The Stadium has no problem. The lawn has been fixed and the stadium will host the Algeria vs Côte d’Ivoire game on January 20… I would like to reassure that everything that happens on social media is an attempt to aims to sabotage the local organizing committee,” said Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua, during a working visit to the Japoma Stadium.

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