Cameroon – AFCON 2016: Uncertainties surrounding the delivery of the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium

Written by Deckson N.

At 29 days to the start of the opening game, a lot of finishes are still needed.

As we approach the start of the Women AFCON scheduled for 19 November, the metamorphosis of the multi-sports stadium is ongoing. Despite the bad rainy season which falls in Yaounde, teams of technicians and workers succeed each other night and day to complete the works.

However, a snag lies at the delivery date of the construction of this stadium, of which the renovation cost 26 billion FCFA, reveals the daily Le Messager of Wednesday, 19 October 2016. According to some experts, given the complexity of the remaining work, keys of the stadium should not be given to the State in a month. Yet the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium was selected to host the first opening match and the final of this competition, desired by the major Organising Committee.

Subsequently, to these concerns are grafted recurring complaints of the workers that index discrimination that exist in Arab Contractors, the company in charge of laying the paving and painting. “Here the owners are white. We are just there to be their servants. We’re exhausted. We work every day without rest from 6:30 am to midnight. If it continues like this, we will lose ground, “grumbles a worker.

In addition, there are several reasons for the delays observed so far. Among others, unpaid business statements, repeated strikes of employees observed since the start of work, the incompetence of some successful bidders, etc. Ultimately, will the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports stadium ready for November 19, 2016 for the opening ceremony of the women AFCON?

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