AFCON President addresses COVID concerns before tournament launch as security concerns are ignored

Patrice Motsepe noted that COVID-19 concerns will be noted during AFCON as he confirmed the tournament will be held in January.

For Liverpool, that means the trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will not feature in a host of Premier League matches in the new year, with the exact number of domestic matches still unknown. affected.

“We must always identify problems and challenges, and not avoid them. We have to have confidence and belief that we can overcome them,” The 59-year-old man is quoted as saying by Reuters.

“No one is allowed into the stadium without a (negative) PCR test. We will have to protect the fans who are there. Of course, there will be concerns about spoofing checks going on, but we are working on those.

“We have to have faith and faith in ourselves as Africans. And we have to have faith and faith that we can hold a very successful Nations Cup in Cameroon. ”

The CAF President, however, did not acknowledge the serious security concerns that pervaded the competition, with Recent reports suggest that player safety may be at stake.

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While we can certainly appreciate the desire to get AFCON up and running after previous delays, the reality of the situation is that there is little guarantee that travel talent will be safe there. Cameroon in the midst of the ongoing conflict.

No disrespect to the tournament but player safety should definitely come first in this regard if there is a real risk of the security concerns in question spilling over into the games. play.

As things continue, everything looks to be going according to plan, although we hope that the CAF is being challenged when it comes to putting in place security measures to protect footballers, fans. graves and coaching staff.

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Jake Nichol

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