July 5, 2022

CAF rubbishes rumours of moving AFCON from Cameroon

By Allan Damba

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rubbished any claims that January’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) could be moved away from Cameroon.

There have been rumours circulating that the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in West Africa would have the tournament not held in the region.

As per the BBC, some media organizations in recent days have suggested the dates of the 24-team tournament could change or even the location be moved, possibly to Qatar.

However, CAF’s Director of Communications Alex Siewe says neither the confederation nor leading Cameroon officials have discussed such events.

“We can’t keep spending time dealing with rumours,” Siewe told BBC Sport Africa.

“We did not receive any other message or information from our leaders – nothing such as changing of dates or country. We did not discuss such during all our last meetings. We are on site and working,” he assured.

Africa’s greatest football showpiece, which has already been delayed because of the global pandemic, is due to kick off on January 9 in Yaoundé with the final slated for February 9.

BBC Sport, on Tuesday reported that CAF officials arrived in Cameroon this week to organise for the AFCON finals.

“An official delegation from CAF has been released and General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba is joining us in two days,” Siewe concluded.

After featuring in the two previous editions, it should be noted that Uganda will not take part this time round, after getting eliminated by Malawi in March, courtesy of a 1-0 defeat but will have members in delegation.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo leads an eight-man team that also has Edgar Watson, Ahmed Hussein, Dixon Okello, Andrew Oryada, Ali Mwebbe, Mike Letti and Esther Musoke.

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