CAF President Upbeat Cameroon Will Stage “Most Successful AFCON”
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Dr Patrice Motsepe is convinced host nation Cameroon will stage the “most exciting, and the most successful Africa Cup of Nations in 2022.”
The declaration comes hours to the delayed draw ceremony for the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations at the Yaoundé conference centre this August 17. Initially scheduled to take place on June 25, CAF and Cameroonian authorities unanimously postponed the long-awaited event due to “logistical reasons and the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The draw will see the 24 participating teams divided into six groups of four teams each. The 24 teams are grouped into four pots of six teams each, based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 12 August 2021.
POT 1: Cameroon, Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria
POT 2: Egypt, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea
POT 3: Cape Verde, Gabon, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Guinea-Bissau
POT 4: Malawi, Soudan, Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Ethiopia, Gambia
Patrice Motsepe – elected CAF’s 7th president in March unopposed – lauded the determination of Cameroonian stakeholders to organize the earth-shaking showpiece.
“We are here to officially proceed with the process of bringing Africa and the world to Cameroon. The AFCON will be one of the most exciting, one of the most successful,” CAF boss Motsepe told Crtv.
“The cooperation we’ve received from the government, from the leaders in football here, and the good work that they have been doing, gives us all confidence and excitement that we will show Africa and the world the exceptional quality of our people in this country,” Motsepe continued.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will be the first edition under the stewardship of the South African business mogul. The 59-year-old philanthropist is enthusiastic about the AFCON next year. He says he has never had doubts over Cameroon’s preparedness to stage the biennial football tournament.
“I am very happy. We are beginning the excitement. Before I became president, I was told that Cameroon is not ready. And that AFCON should not come to Cameroon. And that’s why it was important in my first press conference to say that there is only one plan.”
“Plan A is Cameroon. Plan B is Cameroon and is among the best competition. Plan C is Cameroon because we’ve got the confidence and we believe in the people of Cameroon, country for the people of Africa.”
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022. It will be the second time the competition will be staged in Cameroon after 1972.