Cameroon Plans to Improve Infrastructure as AFCON Is Postponed to 2022

Olembe stadium on the outskirts of Yaounde (Photo: VOA)

YAOUNDECameroon‘s football (soccer) authorities say they are confident they can complete the infrastructure for hosting the postponed Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the continent’s biggest football championship, in 2022.  The contest was originally scheduled for next January but the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday postponed the event for a year because of the coronavirus. 

Sports Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi says the postponement of the Africa Football Cup of Nations offers Cameroon the opportunity to prepare a memorable competition. 

He says Cameroon will have time to quantitatively and qualitatively accelerate work on all sports, health, communication and road infrastructure in order to offer Africa a very successful continental football competition. He says Cameroon is going to perfect what it has already done to offer African youths a memorable AFCON.  

On Tuesday the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, announced that it had postponed the continental soccer event by a year. 
The CAF said it was moving the competition to January 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the continent. 

Cameroon last week said some key construction projects in the capital, Yaounde, and the seaside town of Douala had slowed due to COVID-19. It was the same situation in the northern town of Garoua, the western town of Bafoussam, and Limbe and Buea in the English-speaking South West Region. 

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