The Cameroonian Head of State has not appreciated the recent threats of the Secretary General of CAF. To make himself heard, he sent the Secretary General of the Presidency to the headquarters of the continental body in Cairo (Egypt).
This time, there will be no mail or video conference meeting. The secretary general of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Cameroonian authorities will be talking face to face. On the menu: the organization of the AFCON 2021 (9 January-6 February 2022). To do this, the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has sent to the headquarters of the body in Cairo (Egypt), a mission led by the Secretary General of the Cameroonian Presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh. The delegation, which includes the Minister of Sports, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, was to leave Yaounde on Thursday, November 25.
Officially, the emissaries of Paul Biya are invited to the 13th Extraordinary General Assembly of CAF, scheduled for Friday 26 in the Egyptian capital. But unofficially, it is a question of clarifying the doubts that still weigh on the capacity of Cameroon to host the competition.
"This General Assembly will give the opportunity to continue with the senior officials of CAF, constructive exchanges in order to make the AFCON TotalEnergies Cameroon 2021, one of the most beautiful sports festivals ever organized on the African continent," said the Ministry of Sports.
According to some indiscretions, the sending of a Cameroonian mission to Egypt is a decision of Paul Biya himself. He would have little taste the recent ultimatum of the Secretary General of CAF contained in a letter sent on November 17 to the Cameroonian Minister of Sports.
In his threatening letter, Veron Mosengo-Omba said that if the Olembe stadium is not delivered on November 30, the opening match of the 2021 African Cup of Nations, which is to be held there, will be relocated. "Arrangements are already being made in this regard," added the CAF official. He regretted that "the state of progress of the exterior of the Olembe stadium (...) seems to be without progress since (his) last visit on 22 October.
This warning has therefore aroused the wrath of Yaounde. However, the Minister of Sports is reassuring. In the reply sent on November 23 to the Secretary General of CAF, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said: "The finishing work of the sports infrastructure has continued with the coverage of 98% of the outer coating of the roof by pangolin scales. In the same vein, the installation of the tartan and the giant screens has begun, with the remaining work to be finished soon.''
On Wednesday 24th, the Cameroonian minister was on site with a team of photographers. Objective: to capture fresh images that will be presented to CAF this Friday.