Cameroon reduces working and school hours to boost crowd numbers in AFCON

Cameroonian government has announced plans to reduce working and school hours to boost the number of fans watching Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Cameroon soccer fans

The disclosure was made at the weekend in a press statement signed by Seraphin Magloire Fouda, the Secretary-General at the Prime Minister’s office.

The statement partly reads, “During the days of AFCON matches, schools and lectures will go from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Work will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This exceptional measure which will effectively apply to the public sector aims at enabling Cameroonians to take an active part in this major continental event,”

According to Seraphin, this will have to run for the period the tournament is running upto February 4th.

Officials say there have been low crowd attendance of AFCON matches in stadiums Douala, Bafoussam and Limbe towns where some matches are being played.

According to authorities, they will be providing a free bus shuttle for fans to and from stadiums.

Reasons for low attendances in the fields have been linked to Anti-COVID-19 restriction measures which require fans to be vaccinated and tested before entering the stadiums.

Also, there are security challenges in Limbe where separatist fighters are threatening to disrupt the tournament.

The AFCON tournament that’s happening in Cameroon will end on February 6th.

Story Credit, Africa Live.

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