Reactions by Africa’s apex football governing body Confederation of African Football, CAF regarding the preparedness or otherwise of Cameroon to host the upcoming 2019 edition of continental football jamboree, still paint a sombre picture for the country of Indomitable Lions less than 18 months to actual commencement.
With Cameroon sweltering in preparations for the African Cup of Nations 2019 and with the CAF inspection team seemingly not still satisfied with the level of preparedness for the sports jamboree next year, CAF’s President Ahmad Ahmad has challenged Cameroon to address shortfalls regarding their hosting prerogative to the 2019 CAF tournament.
This is the first comment from the football governing body’s boss after the CAF inspection team visited the country last month. Ahmad was speaking on Friday after CAF’s 40th General Assembly, held in Casablanca that on the sideline also, hosted the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final last Sunday.
He said “there is still a shortfall between the report from the recent inspection team visit and the requirements we have set out. It is now up to Cameroon to make up this shortfall as fast as possible, that is all I can tell you.”
He added saying, “you should know that I am a man who keeps his word and my board will not change one iota of the decision taken with regard to the proposed resolution. You can consult our requirements (known in French as cahier de charges) I think we can even put it up on the website if need be, to be transparent. We will see what happens for CAN 2019,” he ended.
With the reactions of the CAF boss, many pundits are still stressing on the fact that, if by the required date by CAF, Cameroon is still below level of expectations, the sports jamboree could easily be lured out of her hands and given to another country which is able and capable of handling the tournament without any problems. However, Cameroon’s hired contractors still assure the nervous Cameroonian public and officials that, they will meet the expectations of CAF in time.
By Atembeh Ngewung Lordfred