Olembe Stadium Given Green Light To Host AFCON Final

A man standing outside Paul Biya Stadium /AP Photo


The final of the Africa Cup of Nations will go ahead at Paul Biya (Olembe) Stadium in Yaounde after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Sunday lifted its suspension of the venue where eight people died in a stampede on January 24.



CAF’s announcement means that the second semi-final scheduled for February 3 will go ahead at the ground along with the February 6 final. Cameroon will play Egypt in that matchup.


“Having noted the recommendations and undertakings from the government in regard to additional security provisions…the CAF Organising Committee unanimously agreed to lift the suspension imposed on the Olembe Stadium,” African football’s governing body said in a statement.


“The Local Organising Committee and the government of Cameroon having significantly increased security and resources at the Olembe Stadium, (CAF) are confident that the safety and security of spectators and visitors will be assured.”


The disaster happened prior to the start of the January 24 match between Cameroon and Comoros.


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