By Augustine Nyuykongi
Following an unimpressive turnout at the Kouekong stadium in Bafoussam on Monday and Tuesday, local administrators have taken measures to get a full stadium.
The game between Senegal against Zimbabwe had less than 200 fans in attendance at the 20,000 capacity stadium. Many have argued that the timing of the game, coupled with the numerous Covid-19 protocols to gain access into stadiums have been a massive turnoff for supporters.
Nevertheless, the Governor of the West Region Awah Fonka Augustine alongside others like the Mayor of Bagangté is seeing to it that the ambiance at the stadium improves.
First, Governor Awah Fonka Augustine has asked all offices in Bafoussam to close latest by noon. This he suggests, is to give appropriate time for spectators to prepare themselves to follow games at the Kuekong stadium.
In the previous games at the stadium, persons had suggested that the afternoon fixtures coincided a lot with the time many people were still at work, and hence could not be at the stands to cheer the teams.
Also, the mayor of the Bagangté municipality Eric Niat has offered free transportation to and from Bagangté to all spectators willing to attend games at the stadium.
In addition, the mayor has also offered 100 free tickets to whoever will be available to watch the games today Friday in Bafoussam.
The move has been welcomed by Cameroonians.
The second round of fixtures at the Kouekong Stadium kicks off today at 2 pm with a game between Senegal and Guinea.