Cameroon Football Federation President, Samuel Eto’o, has insisted that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON slated to hold in his country next month will go on as planned.
The four-time Africa Footballer of the Year who was early December elected FECAFOOT President wondered why pressure should be mounted on the competition by European clubs when other tournaments such as Euro Championship was held in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Various calls have been made by a host of clubs across the globe to let CAF cancel the tournament due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as European clubs being reluctant to let their players leave at a critical part of the season.
Eto’o, who is an African football legend has however played down the claims of the clubs and has affirmed that the tournament will take place in January as scheduled.
“Why should it not be played?” Eto’o said.
“The federation that I represent will strongly defend the competition. The Euros were played in the middle of the pandemic with full stadiums. Why shouldn’t we play? We must be clear on this aspect.”
The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will commence on January 9 through February 6, 2022 in Cameroon.
24 countries will take part in the competition.