The four man CAF/FIFA security team rounded Cameroon five towns scheduled to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
The joined CAF/FIFA inspection delegation that has been in Cameroon for close to a week today is in the town of Douala to check hotels, hospitals and stadia. The four man security delegation led by Nigerien Major Colonel Djibrilla Hima Hamidou have been touring the different towns programmed to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations with the objective to evaluate the security measures put in place by Cameroon in respect to the prescription of the Confederation of African Football.
The inspection team commenced work with a visit to the construction sites that have been earmarked to host the activities of the upcoming African competition in Yaounde. The visit took them to the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports and the Olembe Stadia, likewise their respective training pitches. Here they were edified by the workers on the ground on the different security measures and on the capacity of the facilities to make use of video surveillance intelligence installed by the Cameroon Police. The inspection team did not hesitate to make proposals or to reorient certain aspects deem necessary.
From Yaounde, the team left for Garoua where they equally toured the Poumpoure and Reyre stadia as well as the Coton Sports and Gashiga training grounds, all situated in the city center of Garoua. The CAF emissaries equally made a stop at the Garoua International Airport to appraise its level of flight security. From Garoua, they moved over to Bafoussam where the same ritual was done to all the facilities concerned and then to Buea and Limbe in the South West Region.
In Buea, the Governor assured them that all infrastructures be it hotels, stadia for the games or training are all ready for high level competitions. The inspection team made rounds at the State-owned Mountain Hotel, Parliamentarian Flat Hotel. They equally went to the Molyko Omnisports Satdium in Buea which will be used as a training pitch for teams that will be lodge in Buea. In Limbe, they were at the Centenary and Middle Farms training grounds, and the Limbe Omnisport Stadium that will host matches for the Limbe pool.
An expert in the domain of Sports clarified that security checks takes into consideration the quality of the infrastructures, security cameras, provision of escape valves in case of fire break out, lighting systems, comfortable entrance and outing access just to name these few. The Djibrilla Hima Hamidou led security inspection squad at the beginning of their mission in Cameroon, met with the Sports and Physical Education Minister, Bidoung Mkpatt, who is the head of the local Organization Committee and the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Beti Assomo Joseph for in-depth security work. The team is due to stay in Cameroon till November 2nd 2018.