“Iam here(in Cameroon) from January 7 and if I am here …so come January 9 we must kick off (the 2021 AFCON).”
That was the first strong message sent by the President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Dr Patrice Motsepe last Monday, as he kicked off his visit to Cameroon.
Alongside the Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency, Ferdinand NgohNgoh, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, President of the Local Organising Committee of the AFCON, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi and the President of FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o, the CAF President kicked off his visit in Cameroon at the Olembe stadium.
A swift tour to the Olembe stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies of the tournament will be staged left the Patrice Motsepe in awe and totally confident all is set for the party to begin.
“This AFCON is a competition for the people of Cameroon and Africa and I am so proud and excited about the work that has been done and you can see that there is a huge commitment and focus …” Dr Patrice Motsepe said.
“We are ready to show the world the best of African football but also the best of African hospitality …so it is going to be a successful AFCON, the most successful,” he added.
The CAF boss also urged Cameroonians to stop portraying a negative image of themselves and adopt a positive mindset and be optimistic.
Motsepe’s nod of approval at the Olembe stadium set the tone for an eventful stay in Cameroon Cameroonwhere he gave all assurances that the tournament will go on as scheduled.
The CAF supremo’s visit to Cameroon came on the heels of dark clouds hovering over a possible postponement of the tournament as requested by FIFA and the European Club Association.
However, Cameroon and the Confederation of African Football have remained firm on staging the tournament in January as all is ready in place.