The draw for the 2021 African Cup of Nations finals will no longer take place at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex. It will finally take place at the Palais des Congrès in the Cameroonian capital. The decision was taken by CAF, in agreement with the local authorities, in charge of the organization of the event.
The announcement of the relocation of the ceremony came at the end of the visit to Cameroon in recent hours, a delegation of CAF. The team led by the South African Luxolo September, head of Operations and Media Relations of the body, had several missions.
It had to make an inventory of the site, assess the capacity of the infrastructure in relation to the specifications. It was also a question of "assessing the various amenities and facilities offered, in order to give this ceremony an exceptional global resonance," added the Cameroonian Minister of Sports on his Facebook page.
The draw for the 2021 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled for 25 June before being postponed to the first half of August.
The final phase will be held from 9 January to 6 February 2022. It will be the second edition with 24 nations, after the 2019 edition in Egypt.
These public decisions by CAF comes to ease off tensions and speculations as to whether Cameroon will actually host the 24 team competition come January 2021.
The nation was scheduled to host the competition earlier in 2019 but was not ready at the 11th hour, passing on the hosting rights to Egypt.