Finishing work at Olembe Sport Complex heighten 24 hours to CAF deadline

By Beng Emmanuel

The General Coordinator  of the Olembe Sports Complex Dr Franck Mbida is upbeat the facility will be completed barely 24 hours to the deadline set by the Confederation of African Football.

According to Africa’s football governing body the 60,000 sitter capacity stadium must be finished on or before the 30th of November if it should host the opening ceremony of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. CAF says measures have been taken that could see a change of venue during the opening day of the 24-nation tournament in Cameroon.

And with barely 24 hours to the deadline, officials in the Central African nation have promised to conclude works at the Olembe Sport Complex in time.

“Two days to the end of the work, we can say that we are okay. Work is going on. Issues related to lightning have been addressed, works on the roads re going on, it is not finish but we are working to deliver before the deadline” – Mbida told the State media CRTV in an interview on Sunday November 28, 2021

“There is no panic. The company which is in charge of the work will do their job very well. We are sure that we are going to be ready before the deadline runs out” – he added.

Cameroon’s Sport minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi had earlier disclosed in a response to CAF that a change of venue for the opening ceremony of the continent’s pinnacle football tournament was unacceptable. He promised that the Olembe Sport Complex will be delivered and finishing works have heightened since then.

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations begins in 41 days. It will run from January 9, to February 6, 2022 in Cameroon.


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