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CAF president: African Cup of Nations to go ahead as planned

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Confederation of African Football Patrice Motsepe revealed that the African Cup of Nations will go ahead as planned in Cameroon next month. A meeting was held between Cameroon President Paul Biya and Motsepe due to the increase in cases of the Omicron variant. The tournament is held every two years but was not held last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m going to be here on January 7 and I’m coming to watch football,” Patrice Motsepe said about the schedule of the African Cup of Nations. “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. 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.” he added. “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.”

Key dates

January 9 – AFCON group stage starts

January 20 – AFCON group stage ends

January 23 to 26 – AFCON last 16

January 29 and 30 – AFCON quarter-finals

February 2 and 3 – AFCON semi-finals

February 6 – AFCON final and third-place play-off

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