Patrice Motsepe, President of CAF

Since his election at the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), on 12 March 2021, Patrice MOTSEPE has had multiple contacts with the highest Cameroonian authorities, to inquire about the state of preparations for the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. On each occasion, he did not hide his amazement at the fervour encountered in Cameroon for the success of this event. His laudatory statements reflected, in fact, the feeling of satisfaction and esteem for the work done and the popular enthusiasm that this festival is generating, under the personal impetus of the President of the Republic, Paul BIYA.

On a working visit to Yaounde in September 2021, the President of CAF was received in audience, on behalf of the Head of State, by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Joseph DION NGUTE.

The meeting between the two personalities was a clarification session between the Cameroonian Government and CAF. The two parties were resolutely committed to making the 2021 AFCON a resounding success.

Both parties shared their optimism and reassured international opinion once again during the Extraordinary General Assembly of CAF held in Cairo on 26 November 2021. In attendance was the Minister of State, Secretary

General of the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand NGOH NGOH, expressly mandated by President Paul BIYA.

On 21 December 2021, President MOTSEPE had the privilege of meeting President Paul BIYA to confirm that the AFCON would be held in Cameroon as planned.

At the end of a fruitful and cordial meeting, there was a convergence of views on the need to “believe in our ability as Africans, working together… and in the context of AFCON to work together recognising the huge obligation to health, safety and to protect the lives of spectators, guests, players and officials who will be coming to the games. We have got a non-negotiable commitment to this effect.”