Cameroon Ready For 2021 CHAN
Cameroon Ready For 2021 CHAN
Stakeholders charged with ensuring Cameroon’s smooth hosting of the 2021 African Nations Championship, CHAN, have said all is set for the jamboree to go on.
In this light the chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, is currently on the field ascertaining the standard of the infrastructure put in place for the said event.
The competition was earlier scheduled from 4 to 25 April 2020, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to January and February 2021.
As D-day narrows, hopes are high and expectations aplenty with the expected influx of persons to number over 500,000, tourists and spectators.
Economic operators are equally finalizing measures to make brisk business when the competition rumbles off.
Stadia, hotels, cuisine, accommodation, transport and road network projected to give the country a new facelift have preoccupied government’s agenda for the past months.
As Cameroonians look forward to the sporting event with anxiety, the President of the Republic, Paul Biya has urged all and sundry to demonstrate a high sense of hospitality and patriotism as well as join efforts in reshaping the country’s image.
Last week, Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, evaluated stadiums in the nation’s political capital, Yaounde.
The visit took Dion Ngute to the Olembe and Omnisport stadia, and other CHAN-related facilities. At each stop, the PM assessed the level of work done and made recommendations for proper improvement where necessary.
Cameroonians Should Be Proud
At the end of this lap, Dion Ngute stated that “I decided on the instructions of the Head of State to visit these beautiful and wonderful infrastructures. It’s been a pleasure to go to Olembe to see the main stadium, training stadiums and to come here as well and see the wonderful improvement that has taken place. Cameroonians, the PM said, “should be proud of what we have achieved. It is true that we have a few details to complete, some of them will be completed before the CHAN begins. But I think every Cameroonian needs to be proud because this is comparable to what exists elsewhere in the world”.
The Head of Government added that: “ For the next 100 years I don’t think Cameroon will think of building this kind of infrastructure. We have done something for many generations ahead”.
The Prime Minister intimated that: “all I am asking Cameroonians now is to support this competition when it begins. To come to the stadiums as much as the number can permit. And to enable us during this dire moment of COVID-19 to put on a smile on our faces.”
Meantime, Yaounde, Douala and Limbe will host majority of group games for the CHAN rendezvous. It is against this backdrop that much attention and supervision is focused on the efficient and speedy realisation of earmarked projects.
On Tuesday December 15, the Prime Minister paid inspection visits to various stadiums shortlisted to host official and training games.
The Douala lap took PM Dion Ngute to the Mbappe Leppe stadium, Bepanda and Japoma stadiums, respectively. The PM visibly satisfied with the state of work, described it as a state-of-art and an embodiment of modern day sporting infrastructure. After successfully touring the various projects to host 2021 CHAN in the nation’s economic capital, PM Dion Ngute reacted that: “What we have seen so far is excellent. I think we have about two to three weeks to wrap up. The infrastructure is modern.”
Today Wednesday December 16th, PM Dion Ngute’s caravan visited CHAN infrastructure in Limbe and Buea in the South West Region.
The Ngeme Stadium in Limbe is already earmarked to host one group game. Buea plays host to two training grounds, Molyko Omnisport Stadium and Buea town stadium, respectively.
In all, 16 teams are expected to take part in the 6th edition of one of Africa’s game. The event will be taking place at a time when the continent’s football boss is observing a five-year ban from partaking in football activities.
Teams qualified to take part in 2021 CHAN are; Cameroon (host), Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia, Togo (debut), Morocco, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Congo, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Mali.
The tournament shall run from January 16 to February 7 in 2021. In a related development, Cameroon is expected to host the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, this 2021.