Cameroon has once more been guaranteed of hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), following a mediation effort by former Indomitable Lions’ Captain, Samuel Eto’o Fils, who lured CAF President for a marathon visit to Cameroon for that purpose.
The visit which did not receive the usual media publicity like other top level visits was at the behest of Eto’o Fils, who accompanied CAF’s President, Ahmad Ahmad and 2nd Vice President, Constant Omari Selemani to the Unity Palace for a one-hour discussion with Paul Biya on Tuesday, October 2.
At the end of the discussion with Paul Biya, the vociferous Ahmad Ahmad in a more amicably tone declared that his organisation has never wondered aloud on Cameroon’s hosting rights.
“CAF has never thought of withdrawing the AFCON from Cameroon, it is Cameroon to tell us whether they are ready or not,” Ahmad Ahmad said.
The CAF boss went ahead to thank Eto’o whom he identified as the main organiser of their meeting. “I thank Eto’o, he is the one who has organised this visit.”
Ahmad Ahmad also said that Paul Biya has assured him of Cameroon’s readiness to host Africa’s biggest sports jamboree. Moreover, Paul Biya, as declared by Ahmad has expressed his desire to buy the CAF Sports Complex at Mbankomo and offer it as a gift to the youths of Cameroon.
It was a visibly happy Eto’o who spoke to the press and went ahead to declare his support for Biya’s candidature for the upcoming Presidential elections, saying the Lion man has done a lot for him.
“Personally I would vote for Paul Biya for all he has done for me, my career,” Eto’o said.
Also present in the meeting was the President of the FECAFOOT Normalisation Committee, Dieudonné Happi.
Earlier, Samuel Eto’o posted a photo to his social media account showing the four (Ahmad, Omari, Happi and Eto’o) in a private plane jetting to Yaoundé.
This is the first visit of Ahmad Ahmad since he took over from Cameroonian-born Issa Hayatou as CAF President last year. Since his accession to the throne, Ahmad has been very vocal about Cameroon’s unpreparedness to host the competition. However, his discourse this Tuesday, varied from his regular pronouncements against Cameroon. Few days ago, CAF concluded a General Assembly in Cairo and decided to postpone the final decision on Cameroon’s hosting rights to November, citing the Presidential election as the main reason for the delay.