The U17 lions of Cameroon are still in the Nations capital, Yaoundé, after failing to secure all necessary travel documents on time.
Coach Anicet Mbarga Foe and his boys were expected to leave Cameroon on Wednesday evening for Morocco, but are now still stock in Yaoundé.
According to official sources, the baby lions are still awaiting their official travel documents, from the Moroccan embassy.
“The local and international media are hereby informed that the Cadet Lions of Cameroon have postponed their flight to Morocco to Sunday 7th March. This is because travel documents are still to be formalised by the Moroccan Embassy in Yaounde”, the media Officer of the U17 lions wrote.
The defending African Champions, cameroon were supposed to take on Tanzania in a friendly game in Marrakech, but due to the delays in getting travel documents, the game has been pushed forward.
“Consequently, the friendly game against Tanzania, initially scheduled for March 6 in Marrakech, has been pushed behind as the Tanzania delegation wasn’t also issued Moroccan Visas.
Anicet Mbarga Foe and his 25 players retained for the upcoming U17 AFCON, will continue training in Yaoundé, while hoping that their documents can be processed within the shortest possible time.
The 2021 U17 AFCON will run from 13 march, 31 march 2021, in Morocco. Cameroon goes into the competition as defending Champions, and are paired in group C alongside Senegal, South Africa and Mali.
This will be the first edition in Africa U-17 Cup of Nations to have expanded to 12 teams instead of eight. The top four teams of the tournament would have normally qualified for the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru as the CAF representatives. However, FIFA decided on 24 December 2020 to cancel the tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic.