Cameroon Civil War Fears Threaten Mane and Salah at AFCON
Serious security concerns have been raised ahead of the upcoming AFCON tournament hosted by Cameroon.
This comes from Simon Hughes at The Athletic, with the journalist noting that a number of Premier League talents, including Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, could be in jeopardy due to the escalating conflict in the region.
“Twenty-four teams will play matches at six locations around the country, one of which is in Bafoussam – near the border of the Anglophone region,” reporters wrote. “Each of Senegal’s group stage matches will be held in the city and this will put Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as well as Chelsea’s Edourd Mendy and Watford’s Ismailla Sarr (where appropriate) into a contract that is close to conflict.
The danger hardly ends there if the club’s African side are involved, with some concerned about Mo Salah’s potential safety.
“The border with Nigeria has been described as The Athletic is ‘porous’ and there are clear security concerns about the staging of Nigeria’s group matches in Garoua, an hour and a half drive to Cameroon,” Hughes added.
“One of their opponents is Egypt, the team of which Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the captain.
“The Egyptians will not stay in the region and will instead fly their match from Douala in South West Cameroon.
“The news that Cameroon’s security services have recently conducted simulated counter-terrorism drills, including a mock attack on a stadium, certainly cannot be ignored in Cairo.”
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There is a clear benefit for a club like Liverpool when it comes to the possibility of postponing or canceling AFCON this year – selfishly it will give us a better chance of domestic success in terms of the top goalscorer. and Mane.
That being said, it is far from selfish to expect a high standard of player safety at a main international tournaments, especially in light of additional concerns about COVID-19 raised.
If considered a real threat to that, we at Empire of the Kop (with all due respect to AFCON) cannot see how the opponent in question could be allowed to continue. customary.
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