CAF team to assess Cameroon ahead of 2019 AFCON

CAF team to assess Cameroon ahead of 2019 AFCON
The AFCON trophy

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Aug 06, 2017. 11:00

According to reports, the Confederation of African Football's inspection team will visit Cameroon for eight days from 20 August 2017.

The aim of the delegation is to assess the country's progress ahead of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament as the country will stage the showpiece.

Cameroon government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary announced the details, saying organisers should not worry.

"This inspection mission, like those that will follow throughout the process towards the deadline of the event, is not aimed at sanctioning," said Tchiroma to the BBC.

"On the contrary, it is an opportunity for any changes and consultation in order to ascertain the state of preparedness and to readjust as necessary the strategy for the full success of the event.

"The mission will visit each of the sites selected for the event and inspect all infrastructure involved in the organisation of the event in terms of sport, hotel, roads, airport, hospitals, and telecommunications.

"Each time there is an assessment, it will be followed by a general report on future deadlines."

Cameroon will host 24 teams instead of 16 for the first time in history and it will be held in June and July rather than January and February.

That follows changes introduced by CAF during last month's symposium held in Morocco where Cameroon, as hosts, will be the defending champions having won the 2017 title earlier this year in Gabon.

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