As part of the preparations for the 2021 African Cup of Nations, a strong delegation of CAF, led by Veron Mosengo-Omba, Secretary General of the apex body, accompanied by members of FIFA, is in Cameroon from 14 to 16 June 2021.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), as part of the preparations for the 2021 African Cup of Nations, has sent a delegation to Cameroon, for a 48-hour mission. The delegation is accompanied by a strong contingent of FIFA members.
This 48-hour visit is not easy for this delegation, which is composed of ten people. They are Samira Ounas (Algeria), Samson Adamu (Nigeria), Anthony Baffoe (Ghana), Mohamed Ali Aissaoui (Morocco), Sandra Latorre (FIFA), Collins Smith (FIFA), Sara Rehane (FIFA), Franck De Redelijkheid (FIFA), Carlo Angelini (FIFA). Having set foot on Cameroonian soil on the afternoon of 14 June 2021, this delegation immediately set to work, while respecting the various points on the programme.
There were among other points: the meeting with the Local Organising Committee of CAN (COCAN), the visit of the Olembe sports complex, whose stadium should host the opening match and the final of the competition and finally, the inauguration of the CAF office in Yaounde. Regarding the surprise postponement of the draw of the 2021 African Cup of Nations to next August, Mosengo-Omba reassured the Cameroonian media present.
« I am on a working visit. Our fates are linked. We must work together to deliver a fantastic CAN, as we have never organized before. So I came also to see where we are and where we are going. There are still some adjustments to be made. I am satisfied with the level of preparation of this great sporting event… The holding of the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2021) in Cameroon, from 9 January to 6 February 2022, is not threatened, contrary to persistent rumours, » he said.
The Africa Cup of Nations, which has twenty-four (24) teams, requires more resources and careful preparation. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, CAF and Cameroon intend to take up the challenge of organising the event to make it a global success, as desired by CAF president, Dr Patrice Motsepe.