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Africa Cup of Nations To Go Ahead As Planned

Cameroon President, Paul Biya, has confirmed that the country would continue with preparations to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in January as planned.

The announcement followed a meeting between Biya and Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Patrice Motsepe.

The newly-elected president of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, also participated in the meeting.

The AFCON finals are set to take place in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February 2022.

Last week, the AFCON organisers insisted that the delayed tournament will go ahead.

The emergence of the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant has resulted in the imposition of travel restrictions by several countries, with some European clubs putting pressure on the organisers.

CAF general-secretary Veron Masengo said the release of players is dictated by FIFA regulations and not the clubs. Said Masengo:

Regarding the release of players, there is an association and I will not quote it too much publicity. It says European clubs are not going to release players.

As far as I know, it is not the employers of these players because the players have their individual contracts; in addition, the release of players is dictated by FIFA regulations. So we rely on FIFA regulations to release players.

If we were talking about COVID-19 problems, I have the figures that come from the WHO (World Health Organisation) in Geneva.

If we look at a rate of three per cent on a continent of a billion people, the concern should not be here.

Elsewhere the stadiums are full, except in Germany, where I believe spectators are not allowed to enter the stadium.

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