Yaoundé had not yet given its opinion formally, since the reforms of the Confederation of African Football. Meeting in Rabat on July 20, the Executive Committee of CAF decided to ” to increase teams in the African Cup of Nations to 24 from the 2019 edition with the tournament set to be played between June and July “.
This is an additional constraint for the organizing country whose specifications have in fact been revised upward.
Instead of four competition sites as initially indicated, Cameroon will have to present a total of six sites. This means at least 36 stadiums, one stadium for the competition and five stadiums for training per site.
This reform has generated considerable controversy in Cameroon.
Some observers see it as a trap set by the African football authority in the country of Roger Milla.
For the advocates of this thesis, the new president of the CAF, Ahmad Ahmad and his team, look for flaws to simply remove the organization of the event from Cameroon in favour of a country in the Maghreb, Morocco in particular.
Tombi A Roko Sidiki, the president of the Cameroonian Football Federation has multiplied media outlets to reassure the opinion on the capacity and the will of Cameroon to organize its AFCON, criticisms have not stopped, quite the contrary.
It is in this context that the government will comment officially on the issue.
In a statement read on August 3 on the national television and radio, CRTV, Issa Tchiroma, the spokesman of the government announced a press conference this Friday at 14:00 at the Ministry of Communication, its ministerial department.
The note states that he will be accompanied by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mpkatt and the President of FECAFOOT.
Without further details, the communiqué said that the exchanges will focus on the preparations for the 2019 AFCON.
This is a very timely release since it is coming only a few weeks before the first CAF inspection mission, expected in Cameroon at the beginning of September.