Bad grounds and safety guarantees hang over the African Nations in Cameroon

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said today, Thursday, that the poor condition of the stadiums has caused an unprecedented change in the stadiums for the quarter- and semi-final matches of the tournament hosted by Cameroon.

For more than a week, there were concerns about the poor condition of the “Gabona” ​​stadium in the city of Douala.

Cameroon are still scheduled to host the Gambia in the quarter-finals at this stadium next Saturday, but it will be their last game there.

Two other matches were transferred from the “Gabona” ​​stadium, a match in the quarter-finals next Sunday, and the semi-finals next Wednesday, to the “Ahmedou Ahidgo” stadium in Yaounde.

This means that two quarter-final matches will be played in the new stadium next Sunday, with Egypt meeting Morocco initially, before Senegal plays Equatorial Guinea.

CAF also repeated its threat that the Olympic Stadium, which will host the other semi-final match next Thursday and the final on February 6, may be excluded from hosting these two matches unless CAF receives adequate safety guarantees from the Cameroonian authorities.

The CAF confirmed – in a statement – “CAF and the Local Organizing Committee must also receive assurances and guarantees that appropriate and sufficient assurances and guarantees have been taken and implemented so that a similar incident does not occur in a stadium.
(Olympic), which led to the death of 8 fans and the injury of others.

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