The African streets are being patrolled by the armoured vehicles of one of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) host cities as English Premier League stars arrive in Cameroon for the tournament going to be held this month. Limbe in the conflict of Cameroon torn southwest region will host the footballers including Brighton’s Yves Bissouma along with Moussa Djenepo of Southampton. Both of them will play for Mali.
Additional security has been administered following the threats to rebels to disrupt the event which is kicking off on Sunday. The Government of the United States advise against all, however, travel to Limbe along with the Garoua city is essential, where numerous high profile stars of the Premier League are performing.
Scheduling of the matches of AFCON
Garoua City will host Group D matches which are going to take place between Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau. Egypt and Nigeria have the most high-profile stars from group D. From Egypt, including Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny from Arsenal, and Trezeguet from Aston Villa. On the other hand, Nigeria includes Alex Iwobi from Everton and the Leicester duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.
The Cameroon Conflict
The situation seems much serious where it is a matter of speculation that whether it is fully safe or not to play in the AFCON in this situation. About eighty explosives have been donated over the past year in the west of Cameroon. The consequence aroused from deepening conflict between the Government in its English speaking regions and the French-speaking country.
Reports also state that last month even an AFCON Mascot, names Mola the Lion had to wear a bulletproof vest during his tour to a hotspot. Indeed there are numerous precautions to be taken before the tournament kicks off and continues safely till the end.