The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe has reiterated that the African Cup of Nations Tournament, scheduled for January 9, 2022 will come off as planned despite an increase in COVID-19
Patrice Motsepe expressed his confidence in holding the AFCON as planned while speaking during a tour of Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium, which will host the tournament’s first match
His comments come at a timely moment when suspicions are rife over the possibility of holding the tournament with the increase in COVID-19 cases
“I will be in Cameroon on 7 January with my wife and kids to witness this incredible competition,” Motsepe insisted on Monday.
“You can see that there’s a huge commitment and a focus to make sure that there’s good progress.
“We are going to host with the people of Cameroon an exceptional tournament. It will be the most successful AFCON. We are ready to show the world the best of African football and African hospitality.
“This tournament is important for the people of Africa and I’m so proud and so excited with the work done.”
“We have to believe in our people,” the CAF boss said.
“We have to stop being the ones that lack confidence and are always expressing negative views of our people.
“All over the world there are competitions with challenges but we have to be more optimistic because sometimes we are over critical of ourselves.
“If we’re not going to have confidence in what we do, who’s going to have confidence in us?
“This is the generation where Africans must believe in Africans. We can host a football competition that’s as good as you can see in Europe and the world.”