In a press briefing on Tuesday July 18, 2017, at the omnisports stadium in Yaoundé. the Minister of Sports and Physical Education reiterated Cameroon’s commitment to host the 2019 AFCON. This was in a bid to play down rumours of Cameroon’s inability to meet up with the African football festival. The last few weeks have been agitated by reports of a possible withdrawal by CAF of the event in the football loving country of Samuel Eto’o and Roger Miller.
Rumours in Cameroon and over social media gave bad air that CAF could withdraw the hosting of the 2019 AFCON. These information was further amplified by statements made by some Algerian authorities on their willingness to replace Cameroon in case the country can’t meet up with CAF’s hosting expectations. The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, was together with his collaborator of Communication, Issa Tchiroma.
Minister Bidoung Mpkatt said “I would like to reassure the national and international community that; despite the current downing economic issues of the country added with fears of insecurity,the government of Cameroon through its president H.E Paul Biya is fully committed to meet up with CAF’s hosting expectations”. He added that the Prime Minister, Head of Government is completely devoted to coordinate the completion of the AFCON 2019 occasion.
He said that out of the 32 stadiums retained in the Cameroon road map; the 11 that were used for the 2016 Women’s AFCON are much available and very functional. 14 other stadiums are to be rehabilitated and or 7 others will be built. Among them, the 60,000 seater Paul Biya stadium in Olembe towards Yaounde the nations capital and the 50,000 seater stadium is Japoma, Douala, the ecocomic capital.
For other airport infrastructures such as; roads, communication and telecommunications, Cameroon will win its bet, reassured the Minister Bidoung Mpkatt. A clear answer to those who believe that Cameroon will not be able to organize the African football jambori in 2019.