Updated: Jan 1
Visiting Cameroon, the President of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe confirmed on December 21 during his visit to Cameroon that the CAN-2022 would take place on the scheduled dates: from January 9 to February 6.
The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, confirmed on Tuesday 21 December that the African Cup of Nations, scheduled for 9 January to 6 February, would be held in Cameroon, despite insistent rumours of postponement or cancellation due to the pandemic. The variant "Omicron is a huge challenge", stressed Motsepe, however, who assured that "no one will be admitted to the stadiums without a PCR test".
At the end of a visit to the Olembe stadium, the stadium on the out skirts of Yaoundé that is to host the opening match and the final, the CAF president had made an unambiguous speech:
"We will all be present in Cameroon in a few weeks and I am so proud of the work done. We can see the extent of the commitments made to resolve the problems raised in recent days," he said.
In direct response to criticism from European clubs who believe that the African Cup cannot take place due to sanitary conditions and which threatens not to release their players, Patrice Motsepe had defended African football:
"Our generation must be the one that believes in Africans. We can organise a football competition as qualitative as the one organised in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We must believe in ourselves, we must stop being negative and skeptical about our own abilities. Sometimes we are excessively critical of ourselves. If we ourselves do not trust Africans, who will trust them?"