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Mr. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, Minister of Sports and Physical Education looks on December 7, 2021 to the Africa Cup of Nations trophy presented today in Yaounde by the General Manager of Total Energie in Cameroon Adrien Bechonnet. (Photo by Daniel Beloumou Olomo / AFP)

Supporters attending matches at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, will be required to show proof of vaccination and present a negative COVID-19 test result, officials announced Thursday.

The announcement was made in a joint statement signed by Cameroon’s Minister for Sports and Health, as well as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) general secretary. This comes at a time when there has been growing speculation that the tournament could be cancelled or postponed again. 

“Fans will not be able to get into the stadiums… unless they are fully vaccinated and show a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 24 hours,” the document said.

It added: “Despite this additional challenge posed by this pandemic, our Cup of Nations must now take place,”

The opening ceremony for the 24-team competition is due to be held at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on January 9, ahead of the first game between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso.

The final is scheduled for the same venue on February 6.

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