By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo
The Cameroon Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi has said, the 6th edition of the 2020 African Nations Championship, CHAN with take place from April 4 – 25.
Prof. Narcisse Mouelle made the announcement on Monday November 4 in Yaounde while installing members of the technical committee of the 2020 CHAN and 2021 AFCON. The 2020 CHAN competition to take place in Cameroon will bring together some 16 teams from the African continent.
During the installation committee, the Minister stated the competition to be held in four stadiums namely the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium (Yaounde), The Japoma and Bepanda Stadiums (Douala) and at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium (Limbe). The Minister also said, the draws of the competition will take place in January.
Speaking while installing members of the technical committee, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle said, adviced them to shun away from egoistic interest and adopt team spirit which will ensure the smooth organization of the 2020 CHAN and as well as the 2021 AFCON.
Meanwhile, one of the member of the Communication committee, Simon Lyonga told the media that what is expected of them is to communicate on the organizing committee’s activities as well as ensuring that they act as a platform for other journalists who will be coming to cover the event.
However, 16 commissions comprising of infrastructures, telecommunications and ICT, translation and interpretation, transportation and logistics, communication and other sub commissions were installed among others.
For effective and efficient realization of its mission, COCAN 20-21 will operate under three structures namely a tournament direction, technical commissions and site committees with the Minister of Sport of Physical Education being the President of the local organizing committee.
Cameroon was designated to host the competition after Ethiopia, primary host admitted the country’s preparations to host the event were behind scheduled. The CECAFA nation became the second country to fail to host the competition after Kenya. Unlike the AFCON, the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic league.