AFCON Organisers to Cleanse Cameroon’s Name, Despite Budget Cuts from $23 Billion to $4.5 Billion.

A meeting was held to make final preparations for the female AFCON draws yesterday 16th September in Yaounde. The meeting which took place at the Yaounde Sports complex was presided over by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mkpatt.

All members of the organizing committee were present during the meeting. Giving that time is already drawing near, the Minister called on members of the organizing committees to work as a team regardless of their differences. He told them it was time to work and produce concrete results, rather than complaining.

The AFCON organizing committee members were urged by the Minister not to be discouraged though the budget of the tournament has been streamlined from FCFA 23 billion to about 4.5 billion. He also said it is their obligation to cleanse the image of Cameroon that was thwarted 44 years ago when the country first hosted the continental tournament. He said the draws ceremony will give a fore taste of what the tournament itself will be. Thereby calling on all organising committee members to do everything possible to make the event a success by strictly respecting the recommendations of CAF.

He said the draws ceremony will give a foretaste of what the tournament itself will be, thereby calling on all organising committee members to do everything possible to make the event a success by strictly respecting the recommendations of CAF.

Pierre Noungui, the Director of the AFCON tournament, also hinted on some of the successes of the organizing committee so far. He said the local organising committee has been working to ease the entry of visitors and CAF emissaries to the country. However, they have lobbied for tax exonerations for equipment destined for the organisation of the competition. He announced that they will sign a convention with UNICEF in prelude to the event on Saturday. Through this, they will pass messages during the competition, to enable the UN agency fight against teenage marriages.

Moreover, the president of the animation commission, Marie Chantal Mazoume disclosed how far rehearsals have gone. She said rehearsals have been holding at the Yaounde Sports complex and the INJS campus since September 12. The traditional dance groups are from the three main geographic regions of Cameroon, the grand north, forest zone and the grass field area.

Over 5000 people are expected to be in attendance prominent among whom is the president of CAF, Issa Hayatou. There will also be FIFA and CAF representatives as well as officials of all the qualified teams who will be carrying out an inspection visit to their various training and lodging sites

Source: allafrica.com

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