African football chiefs have laid the rules for fans ahead of the 2022 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

In a meeting on Friday, only vaccinated fans with negative tests will be able to watch the games which will start on 9 January with an opening ceremony and match between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso at the Stade Omnisport Paul Biya in Olembé

“The global pandemic of Covid-19 and its various variants requires that we take appropriate and adequate measures to contain the spread of this disease.

“The African Cup of Nations can and must encourage the rigorous adherence of participants and supporters to the set of barrier measures known and developed to fight against the viruses,” said a joint statement from the Cameroon authorities and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The 24-team biennial event was scheduled for 2021 but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the following month, another 51 games will be played at the six venues throughout the country.

Algeria begin their title defence on 11 January with their Group E match against Sierre Leone at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.


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