The President of CAF Patrice Motsepe, has reiterated his optimism about Cameroon’s determination to successfully host the 2021 AFCON. He was speaking during the 13th CAF Extraordinary General Assembly held in Cairo Egypt, on Friday 26 November.
The South African’s reassurances came as a relief to the Cameroonian delegation that was present for Friday’s event. The State personalities from Cameroon included the Secretary-General, Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, FECAFOOT interim President Seidou Mbombo Njoya, and Sports Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.
President Mostsepe said that during his last visits to Cameroon, he experienced the hospitality, determination, and patience of the citizens. This comes a few days after the Secretary-General of CAF Mosengo-Omba sent a message to the Local Organizing Committee (COCAN) in Cameroon expressing his disappointment in the sluggishness of work.
The CAF President however indicated during the Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo, that “there will always be areas where we can improve” he said, before commending Cameroon’s determination “what I like is the commitment, the patience that I saw during my visits to Cameroon. We want to show Africa, we want to show the world, the hospitality, the love and the patience of the people of Cameroon”.
“I’m confident we will have a wonderful AFCON in Cameroon and it’s going to be a success” Motsepe stated while thanking President Paul Biya for the partnership created. “One of my duties as president of CAF, when I visit every country, is to make sure that there is a partnership between the president, the Head of State, the Minister of Sports and the football leadership in the country”.
Besides discussions related to the AFCON and Cameroon’s preparedness to host the competition next year, the extraordinary meeting in Cairo also focused on other points including CAF’s backing of FIFA’s proposal to organize the World Cup every two years instead of four.