AFCON 2021

AFCON 2021: Limbe Omnisports Stadium, Home Of Group F.

The limbe Omnisports stadium is one of the selected stadiums to host the 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa cup of nations, Cameroon 2021.

The stadium is located in Limbe, South West Region of Cameroon.

Description.

The Limbe Omnisports stadium is a twenty-thousand -seater (20,234 seats) sports complex found in the sea-side city Limbe (town of friendship) in Fako division of the South West Region. It is one of the rare stadiums in world  on a hill, presenting a magnificent view of Mount Cameroon from the north, and the Atlantic ocean in the South.

The stadium is designated to host different sporting events like Athletics and football in particular. The stadium has a well-laid-out natural grass pitch that is endowed with an automatic water- sprinkling system.

On the outskirts of the pitch is an eight- line colourful running track with sections for long jumb and sufficient spaces for all other track and field events in athletics. Also, the stadium can also play host to other disciplines like Rugby, hockey and baseball.

The tribunes at the Limbe Omnisports stadium are divided into four broad sections, called ” wings” , following the cardinal positions they occupy. The North, South, East and West. Each wings is divided into smaller units, called “blocks”, demarcated by ralls and annotated alphabetically as Block A, Block B, Block C etc. The gates leading to the blocks are labeled serially as Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3 etc, in accordance with the access point to the blocks.

Brief History

The space of the stadium was allocated by the Cameroon government in  March 2008 and the Sino-Cameroon contract was signed on November 5, 2009. The construction site was initially at the Bonadikombo (Mile 4 ) in Limbe 1 subdivision. But construction in the site was suspended because the construction site was marshy and not good for such a huge important project.

So a new site was chosen which was Ngeme and Mokindi in the Limbe 2 subdivision where construction began immediately and the stadium was completed by 2012.

Ever since the stadium was approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in January 2016, it has hosted two international tournaments: the African Women’s Cup of nations in 2016 and The African Nations Championship 2021.

History holds that, South Africa international Tokelo Rantie scored the first ever international goal in that stadium in an afcon 2017 qualifying match between Cameroon and South Africa in March 2016. Cameroon’s Sebastian Siani became the first Cameroonian footballer to score a goal in that stadium.

The stadium also acted as home for Cameroon 2020 elite 1 champion, PWD of Bamenda as they hosted Kaiser Chiefs of South Africa in a CAF champions league preliminary round in November 2020.

AFCON Assignment.

The stadium will play host to group F of the upcoming TotalEnergies Africa cup of nations. Teams such as Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, and Gambia will enjoy the beautiful edifice.

Tunisia

Nickname: Cathage Eagles

Coach: Mondher Kebaier

AFCON Participation: 20

Best Achievement: 2004 champions

Current FIFA Rankings: 30

Tunisia AFCON 28 man squad

Mali

Nickname: Eagles of Mali

Coach: Mohammed Magassouba

Current FIFA Rankings: 53

AFCON Appearance: 12

Best Achievement: Runners up in 1972

Mali’s AFCON squad

Gambia

Nickname: The Scorpions

Coach: Tom Saitfiet

AFCON Appearance: 1st

Current FIFA Rankings:150

Gambia AFCON squad

Mauritania

Nickname: Al- Murabitun (Lions of Chinguetti)

Coach: Didier Gomes Da Rosa

AFCON Appearance: 2

Best Achievement: Group stage

Current FIFA Rankings: 103

The Limbe Omnisports Stadium host its first AFCON game on Wednesday January 12,  with Tunisia to take on Mali at 1pm,  while Mauritania take on Gambia at 5pm.

 

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