The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will take place as planned in Cameroon in January 2022.
The Secretary-General of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Véron Mosengo-Omba, made the disclosure on Wednesday, dismissing rumours that the central African nation could once more be stripped of hosting the continent’s biggest sporting tournament.
In 2019, CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights due to the worsening conflict in the northeast and southwest of the country.
“The African Cup of Nations will be organised in this beautiful country in January 2022. That is clear. We have to be clear about that,” Mr. Mosengo-Omba told a press conference at the end of a 48 hour visit to the Francophone country.
Welcoming the CAF official’s announcement, the president of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Seidou Mbombo Njoya, said: “Cameroon is a football country like no other. It is a great football country and Cameroon deserves to celebrate Africa at a very important level. But I am speaking on behalf of and under the control of the Secretary General to say and affirm, I repeat here: there is no alternative.”
The normally biannual football event will commence on January 9 and conclude on February 6, with the final match due in the capital city, Yaounde.
It was originally scheduled to take place this year, but had to be put off amid widespread concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.