Dr. Manaouda Malachi, Cameroonian Minister of Health, takes the prophets of doom who push to cancel the CAN 2022. The COVID-19 numbers are clear and clear.
"The Covid-19 curve is falling sharply in Cameroon. An Africa Cup of Nations Football without Covid-19 is therefore guaranteed. Let's vaccinate ourselves massively and test ourselves for free and the whole thing is played. For the rest our teams know what they have to do."
It is that European clubs and their confederation, UEFA, are pushing hard for the cancellation of Africa's flagship tournament. This tournament generates very important revenues for the body and its member associations.
The CAN 2022 will see the participation of the best players on the continent. However, a very large majority plays in the five biggest European championships. These clubs, which will do without their employees, are trying with all their might to cancel the tournament. They believe that absences of up to six weeks are unspeakable.
Every two years, Africa faces heavy fire from the same sources. But Cameroon is determined to take advantage of the massive investments made.
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European Clubs threaten CAN 2022
The European Club Association (ECA) has threatened not to release international players for the African Cup of Nations (CAN), from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon, worrying about the health protocol of the event against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday.
"To our knowledge, the Confederation of African Football has not yet made public a medical and operational protocol adapted for the CAN tournament, in the absence of which clubs will not be able to release their players for the tournament," reads the email sent Friday to Fifa.