The Minister of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo, met with his colleagues on Monday 6 September to figure out strategies through which Cameroonians, as well as visitors, will be secured during the 2021 AFCON.
Host of the event, Cameroon, is facing security challenges in four regions of the country which might serve as a threat to fans and other participants of the competition.
Joseph Beti Assomo indicated that Cameroon has to maintain its credibility in the protection of persons during the upcoming competition in spite of the security context “Cameroon organizes at the beginning of next year the 2021 AFCON. This ‘festival’ of African football will be held in a context marked by certain tensions.
“The threat of jihadist groups in the Far North, the violence and atrocities of secessionists in the Northwest and Southwest regions, threats from armed groups around the border in the East region with the Central African Republic. With this environment, Cameroon has to ensure the security of all before, during and after this important event” the Defense Minister said emphasizing the protection of Cameroon’s credibility.
The competition kicks off on January 9, 2022, with some of the playgrounds and facilities to be used, located in some of the troubled regions.