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Cameroon: Successful AFCON draw paves way for competition

The stage has fully been set for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after the draw was successfully conducted last…

The stage has fully been set for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after the draw was successfully conducted last Tuesday, August 17 in Yaounde.

The Yaounde Conference Centre was the scene of the event which brought together local and international dignitaries for the much sought after draw.

The event ground was well set for the occasion as guests trooped in while others were busy taking souvenir pictures.

In the main hall were seated some dignitaries like the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof Narcisse Mouelle, the President of the Confederation of African Football, Dr Patrice Motsepe, government ministers as well as African football legends.

Events kicked off on time with urban music artiste Salatiel performing “ça se passé ici” followed by another performance from the group displaying the rich cultural values of Cameroon.

Welcoming the continent, the President of the Local Organising Committee of the AFCON, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said Cameroon was proud to host the rest of the continent and expressed optimism of a beautiful show next January.

Taking the floor the CAF boss reserved special praise to the Head of State for the efforts put in place to ensure Cameroon hosts the 2021 AFCON.

The draw was spiced by the presence of former players like Roger Milla, Rigobert Song, El Hadji Diouf and it even turned out light mood among them.

“I see Senegal and Algeria as favourites to lift the AFCON,” said former Senegalese striker El Hadj Diouf. But that bold statement couldn’t go without an objection as Rigobert Song hit back stressing Cameroon remains capable of going right to the end. An assertion that had previously been aired by Roger Milla who used the opportunity to add he could still score two or three goals if he steps on the field again.

In addition to the thrill, five other legends had been retained as draw assistants; Samuel Eto’o, Asamoah Gyan, Gaelle Enganamouit, Rabah Madjer and Didier Drogba. They all assisted CAF’s Director of competitions Samsom Adamu in conducting the draw.

The exercise was smoothly conducted with hosts Cameroon drawn in Group A alongside Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde. The Indomitable Lions will play the opening match of the tournament on January 9 against Burkina Faso.

The tournament will be played in five main cities; Yaounde; Olembe and Ahmadou Ahidjo stadiums, Bafoussam (Kouekong Municipal stadium), Garoua (Roumde Adjia), Limbe-Buea (Limbe Omnisports stadium).

AFCON groups :

Group A : Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopie, Cape Verde

Group B : Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinee, Malawi

Group C : Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon

Group D : Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau

Group E : Algeria, Sierra-Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire

Group F : Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia

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