CAF assures CHAN teams of safety in Cameroon


The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says Confederation of African Football (CAF) has assured the association that all the participating teams in the Total African Nations Championship are safe.

This follows repeated inquiries on the safety of the Zambia National Football Team in Cameroon ahead of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020 leading to CAF providing an update on the status quo.

FAZ President Andrew Kamanga, who is part of the organizing committee of the CHAN said some security concerns were raised and an assessment sought by the participating teams from CAF.

“CAF safety and security department can confirm to you that we have received all necessary safety and security guarantees from the government of Cameroon, and we are satisfied with it,” he quoted the CAF report.

He stated that the report however indicates some security concerns which CAF is very much aware of and they exist in both the Southern and Northern part of Cameroon.

Kamanga noted that CAF risk assessment has classified Cameroon at level four risk which is substantial but neither severe nor critical.

He added that CAF has recommended several safety measures by the teams to ensure that they do not deliberately place themselves in harm’s way.

He disclosed that Zambia is in Group D and based in Limbe which is in Southern Cameroon which is embroiled in a long-standing political conflict.

“Group D has Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. The opening game in Limbe is on January 19, 2021 which will see Zambia face Tanzania while Guinea will battle it out with Namibia,” said Mr Kamanga.

This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS by FAZ Communications Manager, Sydney Mungala.