Cameroon – Japoma Sports Complex: The sports complex of uncertainties.

Written by Deckson N.

It is still the fog around the construction work of the Douala-Japoma stadium. Given the delays, it may be a miracle to imagine that the 2019 AfCON matches can be played on this playground.

Japoma is still waiting for her miracle! If the model presents to visitors an architectural jewel likely to compare with the most prestigious football stadia in the world, on the ground, the materialization is still only a view of the spirit. For an Olympic stadium covered with 50 thousand seats around which will be raised two training stadia, a swimming pool, tennis courts, car parking and landscapes, as well as an annex of the National Academy of Football (Anafoot), the yard can not be delivered before at least three years.

However, at 18 months of the deadline, we are still at the launching stage. Notably the construction of a so-called encircling fence, the production of concrete, earthwork and the preparation of metal frames. The securing of the site, the installation of the base-life and laboratories are also among the first tasks to lead to the materialization of the sports complex. Sufficient to yield to discouragement.

Turkish impotence?

Interrogated a month ago about the delays the construction site is experiencing, Paul B. Bell, Deputy Director of Sport Infrastructures and Equipment, made a statement that leaves us pensive.

In fact, we realized that Yenigün never built a stadium. She came to this market with an American partner, Aecom, very solid in the matter. It is the presence of Aecom in the Turkish submission that allowed us to give her the market. Unfortunately, when the market was signed, there was only Yenigün, who was solely responsible for the construction. As a result, the studies were not produced in time. Yenigün spent nearly a year asking for a start-up upfront. She has fulfilled all the conditions at this level. She was given 24 billion FCFA, “he explains in the columns of Cameroon tribune.

166 billion FCFA for nothing

The construction market for the Japoma complex has been signed since 2015, amounting to 166 billion FCFA. The Turkish donor, including Exim Bank-Turkey, was a Turkish contractor for construction. At observation, she never realized a project of this scale and seems in difficulty. Because much of the necessary funds are available, since the Cameroonian counterpart was transferred by a bank, in this case the UBA branch of Cameroon.

It is rather the Turkish side that has not yet given all the 85% of the overall envelope. Exim Bank stopped at almost 73%. It is up to the Cameroonian side to find the complement, “concludes the Assistant Director of Sport Infrastructure and Equipment at the Minsep.

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