Africa Cup of Nations organizers urge participants and fans to follow COVID-19 protocols


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The ORGANIZERS of the next Africa Cup of Nations are convinced that the global pandemic will not stop the coming tournament.

The Government of the Republic of Cameroon, the African Football Confederation (CAF) and the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) have reached an agreement on the COVID-19 protocols to be implemented during the African Cup of Nations TotalEnergies which will start next week.

This was announced by the Cameroonian Minister of Sports, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, the Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda, the Secretary General of CAF, Véron Mosengo-Omba and the 1st Vice-President of FECAFOOT Céline Eko Mendomo.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the various mutations of the new coronavirus require everyone to take relevant and proportionate measures to prevent this disease, which constitutes a serious and real threat to humans, from spreading.

In Cameroon, as elsewhere, effective measures have been taken as part of a consistent and proven approach to counter the pandemic. The government has put in place a special health protocol to fight COVID-19 which applies to the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

The 24 best African football teams will participate in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations and special measures must be taken within the framework of this important and prestigious event.

Despite the additional challenge posed by the pandemic to the global community, the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations will take place as planned on January 9 at Olembe stadium.

CAF, the Government of Cameroon and FECAFOOT are of the opinion that the competition can be used to effectively leverage to raise awareness on the measures that can be taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHAMPIONS: Algerian Sofiane Feghouli holds the trophy during a welcome at Houari Boumediene Airport, Algiers, Algeria, July 20, 2019. Photo by Farouk Batiche / Agence Anadolu via Getty Images

CAN can and should encourage participants and fans to protect themselves and others by following all measures that are currently working to stop the spread of COVID-19, such as hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing, correct wearing of masks and vaccination.

In view of the above, the Cameroonian government, through its Minister of Health and the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, CAF and FECAFOOT have decided that:

  • Fans may only enter the stadiums to attend the 52 matches of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon if they are fully vaccinated and are able to present a negative PCR test result dating back less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test result dating back less than 24 hours. .
  • The competent health authorities will take all necessary measures to facilitate vaccination and the performance of screening tests at all competition venues in Cameroon.

In order to ensure objectivity and neutrality as well as the confidence of all, CAF will use an independent and internationally recognized laboratory to test the players of the national team and their delegations.

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