The long-awaited AFCON inspection team is due to arrive in Cameroon on 11 January to assess the country’s preparations to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Inspectors from CAF had called upon the government to ensure that the stadiums in the country meet international standards.
Inspection team schedule: 12 and 13 January in Yaounde, 14 and 15 January in Garoua, 16 and 17 January in Bafoussam, 18 and 19 January in Douala, 20 and 21 January in Limbe and Buea
Cameroon was named as the future host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by an executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), sitting in Addis Ababa, the political capital of Ethiopia.
This news was received by many especially Cameroonians at home with a lot of mixed feelings. Some were happy that the country was going to host this very important event again, after having hosted the event in 1972. Others were saddened by this announcement because at the moment the country cannot boast of adequate infrastructure to host an event of such magnitude.
Corruption and the mismanagement of public funds remain endemic in the country. Despite the existence of several anti-corruption programmes in the country, the country still ranks – by Transparency International – as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
Ahmad Ahmad president of Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on several occasions that African football’s ruling body will find an alternative host if Cameroon is unable to host the finals.
“If the host country is unable to organise it, we will find a country that will organise it,” Ahmad said in December.
“The authorities in the country, up to the head of state, have always confirmed to us that they will be ready.”
Cameroon has always insisted that it will be ready to host the tournament, even after Caf approved changes to its structure. Increasing the size from 16 to 24 teams and moved the timing for the finals from January/February to June/July