‘Strict’ Covid-19 Protocols Flouted In Chan Opener

‘Strict’ Covid-19 Protocols Flouted In Chan Opener
‘Strict’ Covid-19 Protocols Flouted In Chan Opener

Fans did not observe guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus

Cameroon may need to face a reality check after the clear flouting of coronavirus guidelines during the African Nations Championship opener between the Indomitable Lions and Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Hosts Cameroon won the encounter 1-0 because of Salomon Banga’s late overhead winner, but images were taken during the competition and therefore the live broadcast of the vent showed extensive flouting of Covid-19 guidelines during the fixture.

Social distancing?

We are during a pandemic; will anything be done about this, @CAF_Online?

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— Ed Dove (@EddyDove) January 16, 2021

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In one image, fans—a few of whom are wearing masks appropriately—are shown congregating on a balcony to celebrate with goalscorer Banga, with the supporters in question clearly failing to watch social-distancing guidelines.

Similarly, in another shot from the fixture, three Cameroon fans—adorned in paint and carrying flags—have replaced their masks to pose for a photograph.

Despite the continued global pandemic, Chan has gone ahead in Cameroon, but only on the condition that various safety and health criteria are met.

The tournament was originally thanks to happening in April 2020, but it had been pushed back to the present year in light of the planet-wide health pandemic afflicting the world.

For Africa’s first major footballing event happening since the beginning of the pandemic to travel ahead, Cameroon took various steps to make sure the security of fans within the stadium.

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Earlier in the week, the Central African country outlined—specifically—the rules that have got to be followed within stadiums.

“In a bid to respect the Covid-19 protocol established by Caf and Fifa, Caf and Cameroon have agreed on the speed of occupation of stadiums during the competition as follows: 25 percent for all group matches including the opening match and 50 percent for all semi-finals and finals,” read a press release signed by Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi as seen by Goal.

“The wearing of face masks are going to be mandatory in stadiums and social distancing are going to be strictly applied,” the statement continued. “The non-respect of the measures shall expose defaulters to the danger of expulsion from the stadium.”

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The goal has approached the Confederation of African Football about the consequence of such clear flouting of Covid-19 guidelines during the opening fixture at the biennial tournament for home-based players.

According to the planet Health Organisation, there are 27,336 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 451 deaths in Cameroon since January 3.

Ahead of the match, Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic accused the hosts of witchcraft after the carcass of a bat was found on the pitch, although it remains to be seen whether Caf will take action.

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