Two matches of the African Cup of Nations (CAN-2021) in Cameroon have been moved from the Japoma stadium in Douala to the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaoundé. Similarly, the quarter-final between Morocco and Egypt has been brought forward to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, instead of 5:00 p.m. as originally planned.
“The quarter-final match n ° 47 scheduled for January 30, 2022 between the winner of match n ° 43 (Egypt) and the winner of match n ° 42 (Morocco) at 4:00 p.m. local time”, indicates CAF in a press release published on its official website.
A statement from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) explains that the decision to change the pitch concerns a quarter-final and a semi-final and is not related to security issues but motivated by the poor condition of the pitch.
This press release is published the day after the announcement by CAF President Patrice Motsepe of the relocation of a quarter-final on Sunday from the big Olembé stadium in Yaoundé to the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, due to a deadly stampede which killed eight people on Monday before the round of 16 Cameroon-Comoros, at the entrance to Olembé.
CAF reaffirmed in its press release that “the next match initially scheduled at the Olembé stadium will not take place until CAF and the local organizing committee (COCAN) have received the full report of the commission of inquiry indicating the circumstances and events leading to the injury and death of spectators at the Olembé stadium”.
One of the two semi-finals scheduled for February 2 has not been moved for the time being, pending the conclusions of the investigation.
“CAF also requires the assurance and guarantee that appropriate measures have been implemented to ensure that a similar incident does not occur again”, it is underlined.
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