The Turkish company,Yenigün Construction Industry, has won an AFCON 2019 project in Cameroon. This contract is to construct the future Omnisports stadium of Douala-Japoma. The stadium is situated in the suburb of the economic capital of the country.
The company was expected to have set up earlier this week as learnt at the end of a mission sent by the government to Douala at the end of the previous week.
This stadium is said to contain 50,000 seats. The costs for the works of this sports infrastructure are estimated at FCFA 166 billion. This project is said to be financed by Eximbank Turquie. The Japoma stadium will also have two training pitches with bleachers, an open gymnasium of 2000 seats, an Olympic swimming pool of 8 lanes and 1000 seats etc.
The construction of the Douala-Japoma stadium is the second major contract, since the beginning of the year 2016. Most of the big ongoing projects being carried out in Cameroon are by the Chinese. Indeed before the above-mentioned stadium, the Cameroonian government revealed in March 2016 having chosen the Italian company, Piccini. They are to build a 60,000 seat stadium in Olembé, in the suburbs of the capital also for AfCON 2019. This contract is estimated at FCFA 163billion.
The Italian and Turkish companies have actually won the biggest construction contracts in Cameroon for AFCON 2019.
Rehabilitation contracts of Garoua and Douala stadiums are still pending. Sodevi International, a Canadian consortium, has already expressed its interest in this last project. At the same time, Cameroon has already received offers of services from Brazilian and Algerian companies. They all have an eye on these lucrative projects which are geared towards Africa’s biggest football competition.