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Caf tasks Cameroon to complete Afcon works by December

The Confederation of African Football Caf has tasked Cameroon to speed up works on the various construction sites to host…

The Confederation of African Football Caf has tasked Cameroon to speed up works on the various construction sites to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

A delegation from Caf led by its first Vice President Amaju Pinnick were in Yaounde on Monday to give the country further guidelines for preparation following the end of the third inspection mission of the Confederation of African Football, Caf.

Speaking at a ceremony at an evaluation meeting on Monday, Amaju Pinnick expressed satisfaction at the job done so far by the local organising committee. He however urged Cameroon to complete construction works on the various sites by December so as to leave enough time for the peripheral works to be done.

The third inspection mission of the Confederation of African Football rounded off amidst rumours the continent’s football governing body was ready to strip the Cameroon off the hosting rights of the competition but Pinnick dismissed such rumours.

He stressed that the onus is on Cameroon to host the event and reaffirmed the support of the Caf President Ahmad to see the nation host the tournament next year.

“On behalf of the President of Caf Ahmad Ahmad, I want to tell you clearly that we are here for business…in helping Cameeoon host this tournament next year,” Amaju Pinnick said.

On his part, member of the Caf delegation and former Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa Daany Jordan shared his experience on how his nation coped with similar rumours to successfully host the tournament.

He told Cameroon the only way out is to get to work and be ready at the appointed time. He urged the Local Organising Committee to ensure work advances on the various sites simultaneously so as to live up to the challenge of hosting the tournament.

“You can noot (host the tournament) on the basis that three or four venues are ready and one venue is not. That one venue is going to impact on all of you, so you have to be a team,” Daany Jordan warned Cameroon.

The Yaounde meeting also saw Cameroon legend Geremi Njitap appointed as the special rapporteur of the Confederation of African Football at the Local Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations. He will be charged with update Caf on a daily basis with the progress made by Cameroon on the preparations for the tournament.

All eye are now fixed on Cairo where the executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football meets next month to discuss key issues on the continent’s game most prominent Cameroon’s preparations.

 

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