Cameroon’s government has moved to allay fears that the country might not be able to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Confederations of African Football (CAF) has in the past voiced its concerns over the country’s preparations for the continental event.
Recent reports suggest that stadium construction is behind schedule, amid biting economic challenges.
“Despite security concerns, social and economic crises, the government and President Paul Biya are totally engaged to do everything for the Nations Cup to go ahead,” said sports minister Ismael Bidoung.
With the rise of the concerns from CAF, North African countries Algeria and Morocco have shown readiness to take over the hosting right.
Bidoung said that group games will take place in five cities, with Limbe having been added to the four venues mentioned in Cameroon’s original bid: Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua and the capital Yaounde.
However, more venues are needed for the teams’ training – some of which were already used when Cameroon hosted the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations last year.
Cameroon won this year’s AFCON edition by beating Egypt in the final.