Two-time Africa champion Patrick Mboma believes that if the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations was in Cameroon, there would be full stadiums, he goes on to predict that it will be the case when the country hosts the 2021 edition.
Cameroon lost the right to host the tournament in December 2018, before Egypt beat South Africa by one vote for the hosting right.
But with the exception of the games that involved the hosts that would attract 7,5000 fans in the Cairo International Stadium, the attendance has been average due to a number of factors, one of them being the cost of the matchday tickets for the locals.
“First of all we would have full stadiums in Cameroon and we will in two years, the fact that we have to wait for two good years is good for us,” Mboma told www.football-256.com.
“Two big stadiums are under construction, and it should be a good competition in Cameroon, we shall host a good tournament,” he added.
Before the semifinals, the recorded attendance of the tournament was 786,994 spectators with an average of 16,396 spectators per match.
About his general overview of the tournament, the 2000 African footballer of the year was impressed by the organization of Egypt but also the level of competition from the teams.
“A lot has changed, 24 teams is something that gives the tournament a new feel, the pitches are good the tactical and physical appearances keeps on getting stronger and stronger which is good for the game.”
“We have stars raised in Europe and all over the world, it’s interesting to see that they come back here to play for their countries it doesn’t only grow the competition but the players are growing faster.”
“There a number of weaknesses although, teams are trying to play football, there is still lack of smartness in some teams although they all try to create chances.”
“When you have teams like Mauritania and Madagascar who try to pretend to play football, it’s good for teams like those because it shows that they prepared well tactically,” he concluded.
Mboma guided Cameroon to the 2000 and 2002 African titles and is at the tournament doing commentary and punditry work for Canal Plus together with celebrated coach Claude Le Roy.