Seven foreign countries are involved in the construction and rehabilitation of stadiums to house the activities of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Cameroon is busy preparing for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019), which it still hope the hosting rights wont be taken from her despite the negative views of the current president of the Confederation African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad.
Cameroon’s main challenge remains the availability of the required infrastructure for a 24-team AFCON.
These are playing and training stadia, hospital and airport infrastructures, hotels …
Regarding stadiums, the subject of dispute between the country and the successor of Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, two of the six selected for official matches are under construction.
The others are being rehabilitated. Cameroon has given responsibility to its foreign partners, the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Turkey and China.
“Italy, by Piccini is building the Olembe Stadium (more than FCFA 160 billion); Turkey, the Yenigun company is building the Japoma Stadium (FCFA 166 billion); Canada, Sodevi, is responsible for the rehabilitation of the Reunification Stadium and a stadium, as well as four training grounds in Bafoussam; France, Alcor company is in charge of the rehabilitation of the Mbappe Lepe and Bonamoussadi stadiums ; The United Kingdom, Mota Engil, is responsible for the rehabilitation of the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua , as well as the construction of an annex stadium and a four-star hotel with seventy rooms; The United States of America, Prime Potomac, is responsible for the rehabilitation of four training stadiums, the La Bénoué Hotel and the construction of a four-star hotel of seventy rooms,” the president of the Fecafoot, Tombi A Roko Sidiki,stressed last Monday in a statement issued in response to recent statements by Ahmad Ahmad.
China, another partner of Cameroon, had been involved in the construction of the Limbe and Bafoussam Omnisports stadiums. These has already been approved by CAF.