Cameroon will be ready to host 2019 AFCON, says minister

Cameroon players lift their coach, Hugo Broos, in celebration after beating Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville…on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP.

Cameroon’s Sports Minister, Ismael Bidoung has said that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will go ahead in the country despite concerns over the pace of preparations.

According to BBC, recent reports suggest that stadium construction is behind schedule while Cameroun also faces economic problems.

“Despite security concerns, social and economic crises, the government and President Paul Biya are totally engaged to do everything for the Nations Cup to go ahead,” said Bidoung.

In the wake of concerns aired about Cameroon’s readiness, North African nations Algeria and Morocco have recently put themselves forward as back-up options for the finals.

Bidoung said that group games will take place in five cities, with Limbe having been added to the four venues mentioned in Cameroon’s original bid: Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua and the capital Yaounde.

However, more venues are needed for the teams’ training – some of which were already used when Cameroun hosted the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations last year.

“Of the 32 stadia required for the 2019 Nations Cup, the 11 that served for the

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