Cameroon: African football legends in Douala to inspect CAN 2021 stadiums and facilities

Africanews | Cameroon has launched what it calls an ‘Information tour’ on the CAN 2021 which it is scheduled to host in January 2022. CAN-2021, was initially scheduled from 9 January to 6 February in Cameroon, but was officially postponed to January 2022 due to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),

The tour which will last 10 days was launched in Douala on Saturday in the presence of some of the biggest stars of African football. They included Samuel Eto’o, Geremi Njitap, Patrick Mboma and El Hadji Diouf. For the first stage of the tour, six sites were inspected including hospitals and hotels.

Some of the players did not hide their impression.

Senegalese Football legend El Hadji Diouf:

“For the bad tongues who said that in Cameroon there is no infrastructure, I say that the CAN is launched. I wanted to thank and continue to encourage the government because we have seen today is high level. Today, we have only one thing to look forward to, that the ball starts to turn and that this African Cup begins.

The next step of the tour include visiting stadiums like the renovated Reunification Arena in Douala

For the former Indomitable Lion Patrick Mboma, with this type of equipment, Cameroon has nothing to envy from other nations of the continent

Patrick Mboma:

“If I compare it to what I’ve seen from world standards, we’re doing well. What I’ve seen here is crazy. Really. I’m very pleased.”

And for his fellow former teammate Geremi Njitap, these infrastructures are an opportunity for young Cameroonians

Geremi Njitap:

“When I see what I saw today, it’s true that I almost regret not having had the chance to play in these facilities. Now let our young people who are going to play here take advantage of it.”

Through this tour, the organizing committee says it wants to show that Cameroon is set to host 24 teams of the competition which begins in the evening of January 9 2022.

Africanews correspondent Joel Kouam reports that the tour was smooth in the city of Douala with the presence of the football stars. He adds that the authorities indeed want to pass a clear message to Africa and the rest of the world that Cameroon is host the continent’s biggest sporting event.

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7 comments

  1. bad tongues are amba. hahahaha. bravo Cameroon.

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  2. El Hadji Diouf, paid to say the nonsense . This fellow is broke and has no money and got an envelope from LRC to say that hotels in Cameroon are of high quality. He is from Senegal and Cameroon-LRC would take 20 years have a city that looks like Dakar

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  3. Bamenda Stadium is Still Loading….. Talk About Marginalization of English People and Discrimination in Cameroon Public Admiration .

  4. Le stade de Bamenda est toujours en cours de chargement….. Parlez de la marginalisation des Anglais et de la discrimination au Cameroun Admiration du public

  5. Le stade de Bamenda continue de charger….. Parlez de la marginalisation des anglais et de la discrimination dans l’administration publique camerounaise

  6. Bamenda Infrastructure are still missing in the picture. No Bamenda Municipal Stadium, no hotels and roads etc. aren’t that clear indication of the discrimination we are crying about? Where is equitable distribution of national resources, when some cities have three mega stadiums, brand new state of the arts roads, hotels and water systems and others have nothing at all . Look like two different countries to me