By Beng Emmanuel
The long-awaited official handover and reception ceremony of the Olembe Sport Complex initially scheduled for Friday December 3, 2021 has been delayed 38 days to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
It is the second time the event has been postponed. It was initially due to take place on November 30-deadline set by Africa’s regulatory football governing body, CAF for the completion of the 60,000 seater stadium but was changed to early December. It has once again been shifted to a yet to be known date.
According to a release signed on behalf of Cameroon’s Minister of Sport and Physical Education, and President of the Local Organizing Committee Narcisse Mouelle Mouelle Kombi by Gabriel Nloga-Head of the Communication Unit of COCAN the postponement is as a result of ‘technical revenue operation and other constraints’.
“The Minister of Sport and Physical Education, President of COCAN 20-21 of the Olembe sports complex has the honor to inform the public in general and the media in particular that due to technical revenue operations on the current site and taking into account other constraints on the agenda, the official ceremony of taking possession of the main stadium of the Olembe sports complex and its annexes originally scheduled for December 3, 2021 is postponed to a date to be communicated later”- the release read.
The Olembe Sport Complex will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to take place next year.
The delayed 24-nations biennial tournament will run from January 9- February 6, 2022 across five host cities in Cameroon.