The African Football Confederation (CAF) has reaffirmed that the Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted in Cameroon in January, despite concerns about the country’s readiness to host the bilineal event.
Due to Cameroon’s infrastructural delays, allegations surfaced that the AFCON could be shifted to Qatar or Morocco, causing considerable anxiety given that the country was already stripped of the tournament for Egypt in 2019.
Cameroon, according to CAF president Patrice Motsepe, is “95 percent ready” to host the 33rd edition of the continental championship, which was also postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Motsepe stated his faith in Cameroon’s capacity to organize the event smoothly after visiting the country earlier this year.
The CAF president voiced concern that the tournament will not achieve the high standards expected of a continental football championship.
The AFCON Groups in full:
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde
Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia
The competition is scheduled to take place in five cities across the West-Central African nation from January 9 to February 6, 2022.