Confederation of Africa Football [CAF] have announced the relocation of two matches that have been billed to take place inside the Japoma Stadium, Douala.
These two Africa Cup of Nations games have been confirmed by Africa’s premier football governing body to be transferred to the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
The two games – a Quarterfinal clash and a Semifinal tie will now be moved to the Capital due to the poor pitch conditions of the Douala Stadium says two Caf anonymous officials.
It should be recalled that Caf president Patrice Motsepe on Tuesday said that the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde will not be hosting the quarterfinal game scheduled to be played there due to the ill-fated stampede where eight persons lost their lives and the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium would be the new ground for the contest.
“The next match that was scheduled for the Olembe Stadium will not take place until Caf and the Local Organising Committee have received the full report of the Investigation Committee (into the Olembe incident) indicating the circumstances and events that led to the injury and death of spectators at the Olembe Stadium,”
Caf said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the second semifinal, to be played February 3, is still scheduled at Olembe Stadium although could be subject to change if deemed fit.
“The Caf Afcon Organising Committee also requires the assurance and guarantee that appropriate and adequate interventions and measures have been implemented to ensure that a similar incident will not occur,”
the statement added.
Stadiums in Cameroon have been operating under the protocols of allowing only 60 percent of capacity due to Covid with the games involving hosts Cameroon the only exception as 80 percent are given the nod.