The Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) have pulled out of hosting the mini-tournament to decide the 2020 African Champions League winners due to a recent spike in COVID19 cases in the country.
At the time of writing, Cameroon has recorded 14,916 cases with 11,525 recoveries and 359 deaths leading FECAFOOT President, Mbombo Njoya, to inform the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) of their decision to not host the competition.
“I have informed CAF of our decision to decline hosting the 2020 CAF Champions League ‘Final Four’ after failure to secure government’s backing to host the prestigious event,” Mbombo said
“The decision is motivated by the risk of the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in Cameroon and uncertainties about the pandemic.” He concluded
With Cameroon officially refusing to host the games, other African countries will be looking to take advantage of this opportunity such as Egypt who’s top two teams Al Ahly and Zamalek will be facing Moroccan powerhouses Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca respectively, Egypt Minister of Sports and Youth, Ashraf Sobhi, has even come out to state the country’s desire to hold the games.
“The government and the ministry are open to the idea of hosting the remaining games, we contacted Hani Abourida and Amr El-Ganainy to grant them a favour by hosting the remaining Champions league encounters.”
“We’re following the situation and gave the green light to the EFA by following our own terms and guidelines.” He further stated
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com