African Football Confederation chief Patrice Motsepe confirmed on Tuesday that the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will go ahead as planned next month in Cameroon.
The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday flew to the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé to hold a meeting with Cameroon President
amid concerns over coronavirus outbreaks.
Africa's football was scheduled to be played last summer but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm going to be here on January 7 and I'm coming to watch football,"
Motsepe said on Tuesday
"I'm coming to watch on January 9 (the opening match between) Cameroon against Burkina Faso. I'll also be around to see when the trophy is handed over."
The European Club Association raised "serious worries" earlier this month about whether players would be safe during the competition due to an increase in cases of the Omicron Covid-19 type.
Motsepe had already announced strict testing methods for players and staff, and on Tuesday he added that fans will be required to present evidence of negative PCR tests.
"We must always identify problems and challenges, and not shy away from them. We must have the confidence and the belief that we can overcome them,"
"Nobody will be allowed into the stadium without a (negative) PCR test. We will have to protect the fans that are there. Of course, there will be concerns about fake tests going around, but we are dealing with those issues.
"We have to have confidence and belief in ourselves as Africans. And we have to have confidence and belief that we can host a very successful Nations Cup in Cameroon."
The upcoming tournament is the 33rd edition of AFCON, which was won by Algeria in 2019.
: Cameroon (hosts), Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Ethiopia
: Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, Zimbabwe
: Comoros Islands, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco
: Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Sudan
: Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone
: Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia
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