The recent CAF meeting in Rabat Morocco made reforms on the format of the Africa Nations Cup tournament taking the number of participating teams from 16 to 24.
This has left Cameroonians wondering aloud if the Nation will live up to its hosting challenges. Skeptics even point to the slow progress of work at construction sites and insufficient facilities to host participants during the 2019 AFCON. But Cameroon’s Minister of Sports has assured Cameroon’s bid to host the competition stays.
The government is bracing up to speed up work on the 4 stadia and 3 training grounds for the competition. Renovation on 11 others is ongoing. The Italian company Piccini has given word tte construction of the 60000 seater stadium at Olembe will be on time. The capacity of tge Garoua stadium will be stepped up to 20000. The construction of the Japoma stadium of Douala is speeding up.
At the end of it all, some 32 stadia will be ready for the competition. Contractors have set 10 to 12 months as construction deadlines. The pushing forward of the games month from Janyary to June gives the country more time (6 additional months)to finish up preparations.
5 towns had been chosen to host the groups, Yaounde, Douala and Limbe Baffoussam and Garoua. These could host 6 groups given their capacity. Cameroon will have 7 instead of the required 6 stadia by CAF standards. The Minister of Sports talking to pressmen has excluded thoughts that the 2018 presidentials would distract the country from smooth preparations.
The country’s airports are 6 in number, situated next to host towns. Home flights have resumed. The governnent is now working on hotel facilities in all host towns.This project us welk advanced as well.