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Never-ready Cameroon risk losing AFCON…again as CAF considers change of date

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The President of the Confederation of AFRICAN Football CAF says the continent’s football body is considering changing the date of the tournament.

The tournament which Ahmad moved from January to June recently might be be brought back to January or February according to goal.com

The AFCON boss says the climatic condition in Cameroon might not Favour the tournament in June 2021 as was the case in Egypt 2019.

His critics however say the President is suffering from his own mistakes and administrative arrogance when he initially moved the tournament to June despite massive calls for him not to do so.

Many also say the idea about climatic condition in Cameroon is not the real season for the move as FIFA had recently moved its club world cup date to June, Making it all but impossible for CAF to stage its tournaments during the same period.

But amidst the debate over when the tournament will be staged, many back home are worried about the country’s readiness for the biennial football jamboree

Poor organization, massive corruption and endemic inertia caused Cameroon to lose the 2019 AFCON hosting rights to Egypt due to the former’s lack of readiness

The country of Samuel Eto’o was then given the chance to host AFCON 2021, avoiding financial punishment and suspension after the football legend intervened at the brightest level, but many now worry any change of date risk putting the country’s hopes of hosting in peril

Even though most of the stadia have been built and Peace is gradually returning to major cities in North West and South West regions, a lot is still to be done

Lack of road infrastructure, appropriate hospitals in hosting cities and political uncertainties in South West region means any change of date risk posing serious problems to authorities in Yaounde.

It remains to be seen how Yaounde will react to any change of date as the chances of hosting the 2021 now looks debatable once again.

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CAF postpones CHAN to an unknown date due to Coronavirus

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The confederationof African football CAF ya today March 17 2020 postponed the 2020 edition of the CHAN which was scheduled to take place in Cameroon

The decision comes after two teams pull out of the tournaments over increasing fear of the coronavirus

In a letter addressed to secretaries of the different national federations, the continent’s football managing body says the decision was taken due to the unpredictability of the spread of the virus and numerous travel restrictions across the continent.

They letter states that, even though the situation in Cameroon is under control, CAF cannot take “unnecessary risk” hence the need to postpones the tournament

The football body will announce a future date for the event, letter reads in part.

As European nations shutdown their leagues and sporting tournament due to the virus , CAF was under increasing pressure to do same and avoid risking the population and players as the virus creeps to Africa.

The deadly coronavirus has affected about 180000 persons, killing over 7000 and about 50 000 have recovered according to WHO reports.

Cameroon has recorded 10 cases as at today and two of them have been treated.

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Impartial Buea? Population ignore calls for lockdown,boycott Mountain race

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The population of Buea have been carrying on their normal activities today Saturday February 22nd 2020.

Streets are busy this morning early as shops are open, roads bussy and people going their business as usual despite calls for one day lockdown by Ambazoniana activists to frustrate the Mount Cameroon race of hope.

But despite the clear snub from the population, they have also refused to tAke part in the race, denying the annual event the much needed pomp and celebrations it once enjoyed before the crisis.

This 25th edition of the race is Dubbed the race of peace and the Mount Cameroon race of hope will  bring together national and international athletes who compete to challenge the chariots of the gods and conquer the highest mountain in West and Central Africa.

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CHAN 2020 draws: Host Cameroon in a tough group

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Hosts Cameroon will open their Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 campaign against Zimbabwe after the draw was conducted on Monday evening in an intriguing and elaborate ceremony at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in the capital, Yaounde.

The Indomitable Lions are taking part in the CHAN tournament for the fourth time and will look to improve their best performances that saw them reach the quarter finals on two occasions, Sudan 2011 and Rwanda 2016.

The other teams to be drawn in Group A are Burkina Faso, playing in the tournament for the third time and Mali who lost the 2016 final to DR Congo.

Meanwhile, defending champions Morocco were seeded in Pool C and will square out with debutants Togo in their opening match. Togo qualified for their first ever CHAN after beating 2018 finalists Nigeria in the final qualification round.

They will also have Eastern Africa representatives Uganda who have qualified for every edition as well as another CECAFA region team, Rwanda.

In Group D, Zambia, Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania will square out.The tournament’s most successful team DR Congo who have won the tournament two times will headline Pool B where they compete against neighbors Congo Brazaville, 2014 champions Libya and Niger.

 

Two former Cameroon national team players, Stephen Tataw and Salomon Olembe assisted CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu to conduct the draw.

The two former internationals who are now serving Cameroonian football added glamour to the event that was also attended by the Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Ngute, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi , CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, members of Local Organising Committee amongst others.

 

The tournament will be held in Cameroon for the first time ever from April 4-25. The cities of Douala, Limbe and the capital Yaounde will host the matches in the three week bonanza.

Total CHAN 2020 final draw

Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe

Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Niger

Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo

Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania

 

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