The world of the press will be well represented during the draw ceremony for the groups of the Total Energies 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The host country of the tournament is preparing to receive more than a hundred media professionals this Tuesday, August 17.
According to figures revealed during the consultation meeting organized by the Local Organizing Committee of this competition on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially accredited 187 journalists to cover this event at the Yaounde Conference Centre. National and international press, the media world will be strongly represented.
PCR tests for journalists
In a context marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, these professionals of the pen and microphone will have to show their credentials before they can obtain their accreditation badge. They will have to present a PCR negative certificate within 48 hours.
The local media men accredited for the draw of the competition were expected this Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Palais des Sports in Yaounde to perform their Covid 19 test. As for the accredited international media, they have until the morning of Monday, August 16, 2021 to fulfill this obligation.
"No accreditation will be issued without a negative PCR certificate; no PCR test will be carried out on the day of the draw, August 17, 2021," warned CAF.
Another decision taken by CAF: private cars are not allowed at the Palais des Congrès, the venue for the ceremony. To get there, CAF has planned shuttle buses that will transport media representatives.
Then, the day after the draw ceremony, on Wednesday 18 August 2021, CAF has also scheduled an exchange between the press and the president Patrice Motsepe. It should also be noted that the press conference of the Secretary General of the African football umbrella body, Veron Mosengo-Omba, which was to take place on Sunday, August 15, 2021, has been canceled for reasons not yet disclosed for the moment.