Security fears loom over Africa's football fiesta


In this file photo taken on January 18, 2021 Cameroonian security forces patrols streets leading to the football stadium in Limbe on January 18, 2021 in the Anglophone zone of Cameroon, ahead of a football match of the African Nations Championship (CHAN). The African Cup of Nations (CAN) will open in Cameroon on January 9, 2022 in a tense security context, with threats from armed Anglophone separatists on one side and the risk of attacks from Boko Haram and the Islamic State group (EI) on the other.

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What you need to know:

  • Security forces in the west are on high alert after armed groups sent threatening messages to teams in Group F, gathering Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Gambia.
  • The four teams are scheduled to play in the coastal town of Limbe, and their training site is Buea, a hotspot of separatist unrest.



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