By Tapuka Gerald, November 17, 2016
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – The African Female Cup of Nations AFCON, is yet to officially start, but scandals are beginning to mark the unfolding of the event. Some of the participating teams arriving the country have out rightly rejected the transport buses made available to them by the Cameroon government.
Yesterday, Wednesday, November 16, when some of the teams jetted into Cameroon, buses reserved for them were still gracefully packed at the courtyard of the Yaoundé City Council Chambers – signs that something wasn’t right with them. When the teams landed at the
Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport, first South Africa, they were instead served with a VIP bus hired from the interurban transport company, Touristic. It was the same service for the Egyptian delegation that came in some minutes after the South Africans.
Equinoxe television reported that the official buses didn’t have to move – they were bellow standard. They were replaced by those from Touristic because the participating teams rejected them.
Since the buses were unveiled to the press earlier this week, they have received heavy criticisms as they failed to meet international standards. Most of them portray cosmetic
beauty from a distance. But with a closer look, some have visible cracked windscreens, and cabins that are carrying heavy makeups to shield their originally worn out status.
In an interview on Cameroon Tribune, last week, Pierre Noungui, Tournament Director could only confirm that they have acquired 76 new Sedan cars to transport officials. He said they are parked in a different location (multipurpose sports complex) from the 8 buses. He quipped that they have nothing to do with the buses parked at the Council premises.
The Cameroon government had on August 30, said it signed an agreement with the Portuguese company, Irmaos Mota Trans Africa for the provision of 150 VIP buses, 10 of which were to be dedicated to the AFCON. As usual, the government did not keep to its promise – they never paid for them.