Cameroon Sports Minister Ismael Bidoung calms Afcon fears

Cameroon Sports Minister Ismael Bidoung calms Afcon fears
Benjamin Moukandjo of Cameroon during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 16:30

Despite calls to move the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament from Cameroon, the country's Sports Minister Ismael Bidoung has calmed fears on their readiness.

According to reports doing the rounds on the continent, there are fears that the continental showpiece could be staged elsewhere as Cameroon is not ready.

The reigning African champions won the rights to host the next showpiece, but there are already concerns over the pace of preparations.

Bidoung admits there are concerns, but insists they will be ready by the time the tournament schedule is on.


“Despite security concerns, social and economic crises, the government and President Paul Biya are totally engaged to do everything for the Nations Cup to go ahead,” Bidoung said to the BBC.

The Indomitable Lions legend, Patrick Mboma also revealed fears of the country's readiness recently on his twitter page.

“For the past two years I have been sending out a distress signal,” he said on Twitter.

“Cameroon is not advancing for the 2019 Nations Cup. Let’s avoid humiliation. This is a dream that must not be shattered."

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