The Minister of Sports and Physical Education yesterday in Yaoundé during a press briefing, assured that Cameroon is not afraid to receive the 10-man inspection delegation. But the question we should be asking is how prepared is Cameroon for this?
Cameroon’s ability to host the AFCON games in 2019 has been questioned by so many, and each time it has been questioned the Central African Nation has made it clear that they can do it. Cameroon has also had challenging times from the year 2016, and some analysts think that they might not be able to deliver.
But according to Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mkpatt, Cameroon will be ready, as he explained to the press on Wednesday that Cameroon has been given the opportunity to boldly write her name on the wall of fame again after she lastly hosted some forty-six years ago. He was speaking during a press briefing at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium’s conference room and was accompanied by Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary and the president of the Normalisation Committee at Fecafoot, Barrister Dieudonné Happi.
The inspection begins this Thursday 11th January and ends on Thursday 25th January; as they visit Yaoundé, Garoua, Limbe, Buea, Douala and Bafoussam they will focus on sports infrastructure, hotels, hospitals, airports and other services (such as water, electricity, and ICT).
Is Cameroon ready for this?
Cameroon has two stadiums under construction presently, the 60,000 – seater Olembe Stadium, and the 50,000 – seater Japoma Stadium in Douala. The others however are undergoing rehabilitation; Stade de la reunification Douala, Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Limbe Omnisport Stadium, and the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua.
President Paul Biya of cameroon for the second time reitirated cameroon’s readiness to host, speaking in his End-of-Year address to the nation, Biya said he had personally made a commitment to that effect as that Cameroon will put its best foot forward come 2017.
“As you are aware, in 2019, our country will host the large continental football family on the occasion of the Africa Cup of Nations. Beyond the purely sporting aspect, this will avail us an opportunity to offer our guests Cameroon’s warm hospitality.”
The first time was after the CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad informed the press last year that Cameroon will need to give assurances that she can host, after the number of teams participating during the AFCON games were increased.
President Biya responded by expressing his desire to host the 2019 AFCON Games as he addressed Cameroon’s triumphant athletes returning from the Francophonie Games in Abdjan, last year.
“The CAN 2019 is already close. We have an appointment with sporting Africa right here in Cameroon. And Cameroon will be ready on the D-day, I promise,” he said.