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Collapse of 2019 AFCON project sparks debate

Controversy is yet to disappear within the public space in Cameroon following reports of the collapse of a hotel facility under construction for the spirited 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) billed for Cameroon under nine months.

Over the weekend, images surfaced showing parts of the project under construction as having collapsed. The information sparked debate across the board. Critics said, such happenstance is a signal to the dangers of working under pressure to beat deadlines.

An AFCON project collapses in the North

In the rage of the criticism, the State Media reported on Monday, September 10 that the projects were progressing hitch free contrary to the campaign against the nation’s strides.

Cedric Ndi an official at the project site told The CRTV that the affected zone suffered from heavy rains. Ndi said the rains affected just an area measuring some three meters square. The official said the project was in full progress contrary to other reports.

Julian Doumba, Secretary General at the North Governor’s Office made an emergency visit to the project site. Doumba reiterated that the Government is bent on ensuring that the projects are executed to standard ahead of the AFCON tournament.

Cameroon has been battling to ensure that the projects for the tournament are executed in time. Two different delegations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have been to the various project sites across the country.

In its first report, the CAF delegation is said to have expressed 90 percent doubts over the pace of work. But recently another visiting team expressed optimism and congratulated Cameroon on the work done.

Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick, member of the delegation said CAF was impressed with the work and is ready to support the nation hosts the tournament.

Cameroon is known to be deficient in sports infrastructure. It will be hosting an expanded version of the AFCON. The teams participating will move from its known 16 to 24 countries.

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