3, November 2018
Cameroon has significantly beefed up national security ahead of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be hosted by the country, a joint security inspection mission of Confederation of African Football (CAF) and world football governing body FIFA told reporters here on Thursday.
The mission made the remarks after spending five days inspecting the security in airports, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and road infrastructures in the country.
“We have taken stock (of the security measures). We noticed that there is a great mobilization of the defense forces all over. For the moment, we have taken note,” Djibrilla Hima Hamidou, head of the mission and president of Niger Football Association, said at the close of the five-day visit.
“We have also noticed a few faults and advised that there should be adjustments.”
On Monday, Cameroon’s Minister of Defense assured the mission that “all necessary security measures” have been taken to ensure a hitch-free competition in the country next year.
AFCON 2019 will be held from June 15 to July 13, according to CAF. It will also be the first AFCON expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
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