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Never-ready Cameroon on edge as shifting Ahmad comes visiting

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CAF’s Ahmad is Leading a huge delegation to Cameroon

The President of CAF, Ahmad is leading a huge delegation of experts and football icons including son of the soil Samuel Eto’o Fils to Cameroon for a three days official inspection visit

The visit by the CAF boss is related to the country’s hosting of CHAN 2020 and CAN 2021.

The laters future is in doubt following a change of date from June to January 2021 to avoid the raining seasons in the west AFRICAN nation

According to a communique from sports minister, an important decision will be made after the visit

The visit of the CAF boss and a group of experts has sparked fears that the country might lose the AFCON 2021 hosting rights again as construction works are still ongoing in some hosting cities despite being just 12 months away from the tournament.

Cameroon lost the AFCON 2019 hosting rights to Egypt at the 11th hour after the continents footbal body decided the country was not ready to host the tournament. At the time, the CAF boss even said the country might not be ready even in the next five years.

The decision came barely weeks after Ahmad had flown to Cameroon in a private jet with Eto’o ahead of October 2018 Presidential polls to assure Cameroonians that AFCON 2019 was theirs to lose.

Cameroon however avoided being punished by CAF for failing to host the tournament as the internal rules of the organization states, they were rather handed the 2021 hosting rights which was originally given to Ivory Coast to the shagrin of the Drogba’s homeland.

Authorities in Yaounde and many other Cameroonians will be hoping this visit by CAF delegation brings good tidings and ensures the country host the two biggest football tournaments in the continent.

The biennial showpiece has been the center piece of President Biya’s legacy.

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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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