Cameroon Sports Minister, Prof. Narcisse Kombi Mouelle, President the Local Organizing Committee, COCAN has said nothing will stop the country from hosting the curtain-raiser at the Olembe stadium.
The Olembe Stadium was the plan A for the opening and closing ceremonies of AFCON 2021 but CAF warned that if it is not ready by November 30, the curtain raiser would be moved to another venue.
The minister visited the Olembe Stadium this November 24,a day after a letter from CAF leaked revealing details of the work progress at the Olembe Stadium.
“Following instructions from the highest authority, the stadium would be complete, available and functioning properly for Group A games and same for the other group games”, COCAN president maintained.
Apart from Olembe, the Bangou stadium which CAF said was impracticable is undergoing upgrading, the minister said. The Sports boss maintained that Cameroon has a maintenance team. He added that contracts are signed to ensure maintenance for all the stadiums.
The recruitment of volunteers like was the case with CHAN is the responsibility of the local organizing committee, the minister said.
He promised that COCAN would ensure publicity materials are properly designed to suit the feel and look of TotalEnergies Afcon Cameroon 2021.
Spectators would have to show a Covid-19 pass to access the stadium. But first, they would register online for their tests whose results are valid 48 hours before the game. For those vaccinated, their tests would be valid for seven days.
Kombi Mouelle expressed the hope that Cameroon and CAF maintain cordial and harmonious relationship based on respect and mutual understanding for a smooth organization of AFCON 2021.