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Cameroon Gov’t assures FIFA, CAF Delegates of stadiums, towns’ security

Yaoundé (National Times)-Government officials have been trying hard to convince the visiting delegates of the World Football Governing Body (FIFA) and those of the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) that the security of stadia and towns in Cameroon are guaranteed.

Government officials have been taking these dispositions as FIFA and CAF delegates begin their fourth inspection mission to Cameroon in the buildup to the 2019 African Football Cup of Nations (AFCON).

As the four-man team paid a visit this Sunday, to the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, who is also the Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee, Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mpkwatt, promised that the Government of Cameroon will do everything possible at its level to make sure that the stadiums and sites are secured and safe.

“We will do everything to satisfy the population and the teams,” Bidoung Mpkwatt said.

At the Ministry of Defence, the Head of the Ministerial Department, Minister Joseph Beti Assomo, reunited all his immediate collaborators who said even though there are still sceptics about Cameroon’s potential of hosting the competition, the Government is doing its best.

He played down the current political upheavals in the country as well as the Anglophone conflict and promised a secured Cameroon to all visitors and teams. A similar visit was also paid to the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, who reiterated his position that everything is under control.

As from Monday, the team headed by Colonel Djibrila Hima, which essentially includes security experts would be visiting Garoua and Douala.

It is still not known when they would be visiting the South West Region which is one of the host cities of the AFCON coupled with its high level of insecurity.

Their mission is to ascertain the security of stadium, hosting towns as well as security of sites, outlet roads in case of any incidence as well as security inside the stadiums in case there is an incident. A final delegation is expected on November 15 after which the final verdict would be given whether Cameroon has retained the 2019 AFCON hosting rights.


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