Algeria: FAF president Amara rubbish reports of interest in hosting AFCON 2021

By Angu Lesley – Cameroon

The president of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) Amara Charaf-Eddine has rubbished claims his country is working on stepping in to host the 2021 African Cup of Nations should Cameroon fail to host as schedule.

On Tuesday, reports emerged mostly from the North African media that Algeria was working on tabling a bid to take over the host of the 2021 AFCON tournament from Cameroon like Egypt in 2019.

These fake story spread across the Cameroonian media and their audience in no time, unfortunately with contradicting and questionable factors advanced to substantiate what happens to be all false.

In an attempt to ensure an instant stop in the propaganda, president Amara released a statement this Wednesday on the official website of the Algerian football federation.

“The president of the Algerian Football Federation Mr Amara Charaf-Eddine wants to make some clarifications about my outings during our General Assembly.

In principle, Algeria hasn’t at any point in time considered replacing Cameroon as AFCON host.” the football administrator wrote.

Cameroonians fear a repeat of the 2019 AFCON hosting rights that was snatched off their country and handed to Egypt six months before the tournament kicked off.

However, the contest is different with more Cameroonian representation across the board at CAF.

The president of the Cameroon Football Federation and CAF fourth vice president Seydou Mbombo Njoya took to social media to assure Cameroonians about the coming of the tournament.

“Our country shall host the AFCON in January 2022”, president Seidou Mbombo Njoya wrote.

CAF’s deputy secretary-general in charge of football and development Anthony Baffoe is a part five-man delegation from the Confederation of African Football, CAF expected in Cameroon on June 14 for two days working visit to prepare Cameroon to host the 2021 AFCON.

The delegation that is expected to hold a working session with the Local Organizing Committee (COCAN) is headed by CAF’s secretary-general Veron Mosengo-Omba. 

He is accompanied by CAF’s director of competition Samson Adamu, FIFA’s chief of tournaments and events Collins Smith, Sandra Lalurre from the office of the general secretariat of CAF and Anthony Baffoe.

The visit of this CAF delegation to Cameroon is coming at a time when there’s a lot of foreign media distraction and agenda setting claiming the country is not ready to host.

Cameroon earlier this year successfully hosted the African Nations Championship with 16 teams present. How then is the country not ready to host a 24-nation tournament?

With stadiums of international standards approved by CAF, it can only be sabotage to even think the country is not ready to host the AFCON in January 2022.

Apart from the four stadiums used during the CHAN, the Roum Adja stadium in Garoua that will soon host a CAF confederations cup semi-final match shall be added to the stadiums.

Despite all this malicious information circulated on social media, FECAFOOT, the Local Organizing Committee, COCAN and the government of Cameroon are working tirelessly to ensure the competition goes on hitch-free.

Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi continues inspecting the various infrastructures to host the competition.

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