By Amindeh Blaise Atabong, November 18, 2016
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – Government has launched a dedicated website for the Women African Cup of Nations 2016 exclusively in the French language, despite the fact that six out of eight of the participating teams are from English speaking countries. The continental tournament is due to begin Saturday.
The website; www.fan-can2016.cm, alongside a special mobile app dubbed ‘Fan-Can 2016’were officially presented to the public in Yaounde, Thursday November 17, by the Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Minette Libom Li Likeng. Accompanying the Minister during the public presentation were the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary; the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua; the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Pierre Ismaël Bidoung Kpwatt; the General Manager of Camtel, David Nkoto Emane; amongst others.
When The Cameroon Journal last visited the site on Thursday at 8pm local time, the entire content of the site was in French, though with a defective switch to English option. Some grammatical lapses could also easily be observed on the app.
Officials had claimed both the website and app were bilingual.
Going by Li Likeng, the Women AFCON will attract many supporters and visitors to Cameroon who will be in need of rapid and instant access to useful information in relation to the
tournament. “There was therefore need to use digital tools to facilitate life especially during the duration of the AFCON, Li Likeng told reporters.
The MINPOSTEL boss described the ‘FAN-CAN 2016’ website and app as third generation tools which are dynamic, highly interactive and accessible on all smart phones and tablets using the android system.
During a presentation, Abega Moussa, Managing Director of MGSOFT and developer of the app, said the app is sub-divided into four: About the competition, share a moment, towns concerned, and visitor’s guide.
He explained that whenever users of the app are connected to the internet, they can get updateS of the Women AFCON, useful contacts, and directives on booking hotels, restaurants, night clubs and other useful information.
The Cameroon Journal gathered that the ‘FAN-CAN 2016’ app can be downloaded for free on Google Play Store or on MboaStore.
MINPOSTEL officials said the innovation is the first of its kind in the history of the Women AFCON.
However, we gathered that the local orgainsing committee of the 2016 AFCON had earlier put up a functional website of the event (http://www.can-feminine-cameroun-2016.cm).