Cameroon has taken another crucialstride in the preparations for the organisation of the next African Cup of Nations, CAN.
The official anthem and the mascot of the tournament scheduled from January 9 to February 6, 2022, were actuallyrevealed on Saturday, May 15, 2021. This was during a ceremony chaired by the minister of Sports, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, aired on the national television, the CRTV Sports and Entertainment.
It is the mascot concocted by Cameroonian Felix Fonkoua who was designated after the votes organised on Saturday. Named “Mola”, Cameroonian slang which denotes brotherhood, it is a young lion dressed in the green, red and yellow colors of the national flag. He obtained an overall average of 22/40 over his competitors. The general public had the chance to vote for twenty minutes prior to the final announcement late Saturday night.
As for the anthem, it was the collective “Africa Smile” that won the competition, with a total score of 86.31/100. The anthem and the mascot of the 2021 African Cup of Nations will be presented to the Confederation of African Football, CAF for validation in the coming days.
Preparations have clearly entered heightened as Cameroon looks forward to hosting a 24-team AFCON come 2022. After the validation of the anthem and mascot by CAF, it will be the last turn towards the competition; the draws to determine the various pools of the competition. That ceremony too has been scheduled for June 2021 inYaoundé, Cameroon.