- U17 football team’s departure date to Morocco for the Under 17 African Nation’s cup rescheduled after national football federation failed to procure travel papers for players on time.
By Beng Emmanuel
The departure of the Under-17 men’s national selection of Cameroon to Morocco for the Under-17 African Cup of Nations has been rescheduled to Sunday March 7th due to the absence of travel documents, a statement from the Cameroon Football Federation has confirmed.
The team was expected to leave Cameroon on Thursday after taking part in a farewell encounter against the youth team of APEJES of Mfou which they defeated 4-3, but have been forced to postpone their flight ‘because travel documents are still to be formalised by the Moroccan Embassy in Yaoundé’, fecafoot said.
This has affected the teams build-up for the biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football for players aged 17 and below. The Under-17 Lions were gearing up to face Tanzania on March 6th in Marrakech. Similarly, Tanzania-who have booked a place for the Under-17 Afcon were also not issued issues.
All 25 players retained for the competition will therefore continue their regular daily training session at the annex number one of the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium while waiting for Sunday’s departure.
Cameroon is heading to the Under-17 African Cup of Nations as defending champions. They will face Senegal in their group C tournament opener against Senegal on March 15th. Mali and South Africa complete the group.
The competition will run from March 13 to 31, 2021 in Morocco. It will be the first edition in Africa U-17 Cup of Nations history with the expanded 12 team format unlike eight in previous editions.