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    CAF President publishes proof to back-up his views that Cameroon is lagging behind in preparations for AFCON2019!

    "There are people who are lying. I am a man of my word, my Executive Committee does not change one iota. We apply the regulation with all its vigor. The specifications require infrastructures, hotels, stadiums, hospitals and many things," said Ahmad Ahmad the head of CAF.

    What are the conditions to be fulfilled for organizing an African Cup of Nations football tournament? Since his election at the head of the African Football Confederation, Malagasy Ahmad has reformed the format and periodicity of the African Cup of Nations "our famous CAN, would be played now by 24 national teams and would be organized at the beginning of summer (June - July, ed)," said President Ahmad.

    The latter also indicates that the reforms are aimed at making the CAN remarkable, attractive and globalized. "We will mobilize and do everything possible for its organization, its progress, its international dimension and its success next year" adds the successor of Cameroonian, Issa Hayatou.

    These reforms taken last year, made very heavy the specifications of the next CAN allocated to Cameroon five years ago. At 17 months from the start of the competition, the host country is lagging behind in the preparations and the president of the CAF does not hide that he is not satisfied with the progress of the work.

    Accused of wanting to withdraw the organization of AFCON 2019 in Cameroon for the benefit of Morocco, President Ahmad has published the new specifications of the African Cup of Nations in a concern for transparency.

    BELOW, EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR THE MEDIA OF THE AFRICAN NATIONS CUP CHARGING BOARD.

    LOCAL OR COLLECTIVE COMMITTEE

    The Organizing Association will create and set up, as soon as possible, a local organizing committee or COL, emanating from the Organizing Association, which will be responsible for - and dedicated exclusively to - the reception and the material organization of the Final Tournament.


    INSPECTION VISITS

    CAF has the ability to make one or more inspection visits to the Host Country. The dates of said inspections shall be determined by CAF, which shall notify the Organizing Association in writing beforehand.

    A CAF inspection delegation will consist of technical and administrative experts. It will be accompanied by a professional audit committee which will ensure that all guarantees are taken by the organizing country.


    STAGES

    The Organizing Association must provide a minimum of 6 competition stages for individual applications or a minimum of 8 competition stages for joint applications (Co-organization).

    The Organizing Association must hold:

    - Two (2) competition stages with a minimum capacity of 15,000 spectators

    - A minimum of two (2) stadiums with a minimum capacity of 20,000 spectators

    - A minimum of two (2) stadiums with a minimum capacity of 40,000 spectators.

    The Organizing Association will enter into a Stadium Agreement for each Stadium (where the practices and Matches are held) and will ensure that they meet the requirements as well as the CAF Guidelines.

    The Organizing Association must provide CAF with detailed maps / maps of all Stadiums no later than six (6) months prior to the Opening Match, including a detailed description of each Site (Name of each stadium, address, ability, seating plan in each stand and the contacts of the director of each stadium) as well as any other document concerning the stadium organization that may be required by CAF.

    No match shall be played in the Stadiums in the eight (8) calendar days preceding the opening match of the Final Tournament and less than three (3) days after the last match of the Final Tournament.

    Each Site must have two (2) training fields (natural turf) and one (1) reserve training field (natural grass) that can be used in case of emergency.

    Each host site must have an additional training ground for referees.

    The Organizing Association must guarantee, prepare and provide CAF with a list of Official Training Venues it recommends, no later than one (1) month before the first CAF inspection visit. The Organizing Association must ensure, at least three (3) months before the Opening Match and before the last inspection visit conducted by the CAF Delegation, that the proposed Official Training Sites are in excellent condition. , with the same type of lawn as the Stadiums of the competition and that they are located at a reasonable distance from each Team Hotel and Stadium.

    The Organizing Association will be responsible for providing security services, as well as other accommodation facilities (excluding accommodation and meals), on the Official Training Sites.

    The list of recommended Official Training Venues may be modified by the Organizing Association after prior written approval by CAF. At any time, if it is not satisfied with the recommended Official Training Sites, CAF will be entitled to request a change.

    The list of recommended Official Training Venues, as well as any changes to this list, may only be sent to Teams and other entities with the prior approval of CAF.

    The Official Training Venues must be available to the Teams for a minimum of five (5) days prior to the Opening Match and up to one (1) day after the last Final Tournament Match.

    The Organizing Association must set up and maintain a reservation scheme in accordance with the requests of the Teams. The Organizing Association is responsible for soliciting requests from the Teams and providing CAF with an updated schedule of team training requests for validation.

    The Organizing Association will provide any assistance to each Team who wishes to have the Official Training Site before the five (5) days preceding the Opening Match and / or additional facilities for training and leisure purposes, provided that the Team requests it no later than May 15th preceding the Final Tournament. The Team will be responsible for all costs that will result from the use of the Official Training Site prior to the 5 days prior to the Opening Match.

    Each Training Site must have locker rooms with a minimum of:

    5 showers with hot and cold water, 5 toilets, 5 sinks and 5 urinals.
    1 medical ambulance available throughout the training period of each team.
     

    TURF

    CAF should oversee the overall implementation of lawn care selection and maintenance.

    A national association which is a candidate for the organization of the CAN undertakes to deposit with its application file a document signed by the Minister in charge of Sports in which the country undertakes to transmit to the CAF no later than 12 month after designation a detailed plan of lawns (including types) of competition and training grounds. The plan will determine the different stages of lawn preparation for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The Organizing Association shall bear all expenses and expenses relating to the construction of the lawns of the competition stadiums and training grounds, the maintenance of these lawns as well as the purchase of all the equipment required for the maintenance and tracing lawns.

    Any federation applying to the organization of the CAN commits itself at the time of the deposit of its candidacy so that, at 9 months of the date of opening of the CAN, the CAF notes that the plan established for the management of the lawns has not been respected, it reserves the right to conclude a contract with a firm specializing in the installation and supervision of lawns to follow directly the progress of the work. The costs of this operation will be borne by CAF, which will deduct them from the host country's quota once the competition is over.

    The Local Organizing Committee must provide natural lawns for the competition and training stadiums at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    For the competition stages, the Local Organizing Committee must provide natural lawns with an automatic drainage and irrigation system and for the training grounds the Local Organizing Committee must provide a functional drainage system.

    VIP HOSPITALITIES OF CAF

    At each Stadium, the Organizing Association must put in place - according to the CAF Guidelines, taking into account the official delegation of CAF and the stadium configuration - a private hospitality zone for the exclusive use of CAF and the CAF. COL, as well as their VIP / VVIP guests, before, during and after the Matches, as well as on the occasion of the Official Events, proposing:

    - adapted catering services,

    - secure access to all trade shows (ie Presidential, Executive, Commercial, VVIP, VIP, or other)

    - Secure access to a VIP lounge, as well as private sanitary facilities. CAF may, at its exclusive expense, delegate or grant to a third party the right and / or the obligation to set up and operate the services offered for these VIP hospitalities.

    MATCHES

    The schedule of the Matches (including the kickoff times of the Matches) will be established by CAF, after consultation with the Organizing Association. The Organizing Association acknowledges that CAF may be required to consult with the Broadcasters regarding the schedule of Matches.)

    Once the schedule of Matches officially announced by the CAF, no request for modification from the Organizing Association can be taken into account by the CAF, either in terms of dates or times of the Matches. In the event that a modification is nevertheless necessary for reasons of urgency or unforeseen specific circumstances, such a modification, provided that it is technically feasible, will be the exclusive competence of the CAN Organizing Committee. , after consultation with the General Secretariat of CAF.

    DRAW

    The Prize Draw is hosted and organized by the Organizing Association in strict accordance with the instructions of the CAF and following the CAF Guidelines. All issues relating to the standings and the draw itself are the exclusive competence of CAF. In addition, all commercial rights, including all Marketing Rights and Media Rights, of the Prize Draw are the exclusive property of CAF.

    CEREMONIES

    No later than six (6) months before the Final Tournament Opening Match, the Organizing Association must submit to CAF, for prior approval, the creative concept, as well as the detailed plan of the fundamentals and technical execution. , including the budgets allocated, for the organization of the Opening Ceremony, the Trophy Award Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony, as well as any other ceremony to be organized by the Organizing Association as part of the Final Tournament.

    All costs of organization and conduct of ceremonies are the sole responsibility of the Organizing Association.

    CULTURAL EVENTS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL EVENTS

    No later than 90 calendar days before the Opening Match, the Organizing Association must submit to CAF, for prior approval, its plan concerning cultural events and other recreational events that the Organizing Association intends to organize in the framework and / or in connection with the Final Tournament. At least two (2) months before the start of each of these events approved by CAF, the Organizing Association must submit to CAF, for prior written approval, a detailed presentation of the event, including dates, hours and organizational sites, the budgets to be devoted to its organization and its holding, as well as the proposed revenue opportunities.

    It is specified as necessary that CAF may or may not authorize such events in its sole discretion. The Organizing Association may not undertake or continue to organize an event for which it has not received the prior written approval of CAF, it being understood that the latter will make its best efforts to examine each proposal of the Association. Organizer within 20 calendar days of receiving the proposal.

    Any other event may only be organized if it has been previously approved in writing by CAF and in accordance with the CAF Guidelines.

    FAN ZONES

    In order to ensure the widest public access of the Host Country and the international public to the Final Tournament in a secure and protected environment, the CAF and the Organizing Association may jointly organize Fan Zones in the Host Cities.

    The Organizing Association is obliged, at its expense and expense, for each Fan Zone:

    - To provide the appropriate venue for the Fan Zone which will be located near the center of the Host City concerned and be provided with a closed enclosure;

    - To provide the site with the necessary security services;

    - To ensure that the Fan Zone strictly meets the requirements of Site Clean (blank of any advertising);

    - To obtain all the necessary authorizations and / or licenses from the competent authorities, for the organization and operation of the Fan Zone, without the CAF, the Commercial Affiliates and / or any other entities that would participate in the organization or to the operation of the Fan Zone have to bear any burden whatsoever as such, including any taxes, customs duties or levies.

    CAF will exclusively hold all commercial rights in relation to the Fan Zones and the Organizing Association is not entitled to grant any person any right or advantage in relation to the Fan Zones.

    The CAF and the Organizing Association will agree by specific separate act on the precise terms and conditions of organization and operation of Fan Zones

    INFRASTRUCTURE

    The Organizing Association shall provide the associated technical infrastructure and services provided by the CAF Directives (including, but not limited to, power supply, lighting, gas supply, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration units, cable networks, telephone lines), in order to host and organize the Final Tournament and Official Events to the satisfaction of the CAF, and also including the infrastructure necessary for the proper performance of the obligations from CAF to Commercial Affiliates and Broadcasters regarding the implementation of Marketing Rights and Media Rights on each Site respectively.

    All costs of implementation and maintenance of these infrastructures and related technical services are the sole responsibility of the Organizing Association.

    POWER SUPPLY

    The power delivered for the power supply must be sufficient and continuous to allow the lighting and the operation of the electrical apparatus and installations necessary for the holding of the Final Tournament and the Official Events, as well as the production and the live transmission. uninterrupted audio-visual signal of Matches and Official Events, in accordance with the provisions of the Technical Annex.

    For each stage of the competition three sources of energy are required:

    The stadium's regular energy source (with 2 arrivals).
    A surrogate generator able to provide the same electrical capacitance as the regular power source.
    A generator exclusively dedicated to LED panels if they exist.

    HOME AND ACCOMMODATION

    The Organizing Association must submit to the CAF, at least 6 months before the opening match of the Final Tournament, recommendations regarding accommodation adapted to hotels located near each Site for Media Representatives, Commercial Affiliates, Broadcasters and the Audiovisual Production Company.

    Media Representatives, Commercial Affiliates, Broadcasters and the Audiovisual Production Company will be free to follow or not these recommendations and will contact directly the hotels of their choice to make reservations at their own expense.

    The Organizing Association must submit to CAF, at least 6 months before the opening match of the Final Tournament, a list of the hotels with which it has contracted and located near each Site, for the needs of the CAF Delegation. . The CAF team in charge of the inspection visits will have the full responsibility for the approval of the hotels recommended by the Organizing Association and the supervision of the entire accommodation plan for the Final Tournament (reservation of rooms, cancellation reservations, availability management, etc.).

    All the hotels recommended by the Organizing Association for the needs of the CAF Delegation must belong to the highest category of hotels in terms of comfort among the hotels located in the cities concerned. CAF will be the sole decision-maker with regard to the final choice and allocation of hotels.

    In the event that the Organizing Association is in default in the establishment of the list of recommended hotels in application of the foregoing provisions, the CAF will have the faculty to contract directly with all hotels of its choice corresponding and this for the number of rooms meeting the needs of the CAF Delegation.

    The Organizing Association undertakes to cover all the costs of national communications in the Host Country (unlimited national calls on mobile networks, consumption and fax lines, internet consumption and broadband access services) for the Delegation of the CAF, excluding the Teams.

    The organizing association:

    1) Will cover accommodation costs in the hotel confirmed for referees (full board) for the duration of their stay.

    2) Be in charge of their internal transport and accommodation to officiate the tournament matches.

    3) Ensure that they have a dedicated training ground at the main venue

    4) Be in charge of the laundry of their sports equipment throughout their stay

    5) Provide all necessary materials (such as meeting rooms, massage rooms, etc. and / or any requirements they may require) in the refereeing hotel confirmed to ensure that the proper conditions are met. filled for their preparations.

    The Organizing Association must propose and guarantee to CAF a list of recommended hotels for Teams. Team Hotels must be in perfect condition, in sufficient numbers, offer different price levels and be located in reasonable proximity to each Stadium.

    In order to be considered for approval, the list of hotels recommended to the Teams must be submitted to CAF no later than two (2) months before the first CAF inspection visit. This list may be modified by the Organizing Association after CAF approval. It may also be modified on the instructions of the CAF. The date of the first CAF inspection visit will be fixed by CAF, who will inform the Organizing Association in writing.

    Each Team Hotel must be available to the Host Team for a minimum of three (3) nights prior to the Opening Match and ending two (2) nights after the last Match played by the Team. .

    In accordance with the rules of the Competition, the accommodation paid for by the Organizing Association for each Team must be in a hotel of a minimum of 4 stars which will include per night concerned a minimum of twelve (12) double rooms with two beds and 1 (one) single room for Team players, as well as seven (7) standard rooms for managers and other members of the Team. All rooms must be air conditioned.

    The Organizing Association shall also provide space for each Team in the designated Hotel to store their equipment and a space for medical care, a private meeting room, a private dining room.

    The Organizing Association must also provide an internet connection via wi-fi, an appropriate catering system, a laundry service and televisions with antennas in all the rooms of the team.

    In accordance with the rules of the competition, the costs related to the stay of each Team in the Team Hotels during the period beginning three (3) nights before the Opening Match and ending two (2) nights after the last Match played by the Team, are the sole responsibility of the Organizing Association.

    The host association will be responsible for the cost of linens for shirts (shorts, shorts and socks) on the basis of one kit per player and per team. The organizing association also assumes the cost of the laundry of the bibs used by the teams after each match and training.

    Each Team will be responsible and compensate the Organizing Association for all costs generated by it and relating to:

    (a) Additional hotel rooms;

    (b) Any stay in the Hotel for a period prior to the three (3) nights preceding their first Match of the competition;

    (c) Any stay in the Hotel for a period of time after the two (2) nights after the last Match Played, except for the duration of this additional stay which would be justified by unavailability of flights to leave the Host City or the Host Country ;

    (d) Any stay in a hotel other than those recommended for Teams by the Organizing Association and approved by CAF.

    TRANSPORT

    The Organizing Association must take all necessary measures to ensure that, during the Final Tournament, all necessary land and air transport will be available to the CAF Delegation in accordance with the CAF Requirements.

    Specifically regarding CAF inspection visits conducted prior to the Final Tournament, the Organizing Association shall bear the cost of domestic travel between Host Cities Where air transport is the most appropriate form of transportation, The Organizing Association must, for each Team concerned and unless otherwise agreed with the said Team, make best efforts to organize the corresponding flights and allow the graceful routing of the Team delegation, as well as for, when this is technically possible, giving the opportunity to purchase additional remaining seats on the flights for the media that would follow the team and for all other guests on the team.

    The Organizing Association may, however, organize transport by land if such a mode of transport is considered more appropriate than transport by air, provided that the distance covered does not exceed 200 km of door to door.

    The cost of transportation between two CAF Delegation Sites in connection with the Final Tournament is borne by the Organizing Association. CAF determines in its sole discretion whether such moves are related to the Final Tournament.

    The Organizing Association undertakes to set up and provide at its own expense a regular air link between each Site for the purpose of official missions as long as the distance exceeds 200 km, except with the exceptional authorization of the Organizing Committee of the CAN.

    The Organizing Association must, at its expense, make available to the official bodies (CAF Executive Committee, members of the CAF Organizing Committee ...) a dedicated aircraft with crew to allow the said officials to attend the event. each of the Matches.

    SECURITY

    The Organizing Association must ensure that appropriate security measures are planned and implemented to ensure the highest level of security throughout the Final Tournament.

    No later than six (6) months before the Opening Match, the Organizing Association and the competent administrative authorities, in accordance with the advice and assistance of CAF, will draw up a detailed security plan for all airports in writing, stations and places of the same type, as well as for the Sites.

    The security plan must be designed on the basis of the best references from previous CAF tournaments and other major international sporting events, taking into account the particular risks that certain teams may encounter.

    The Organizing Association will ensure that all the necessary security measures are taken by the competent administrative authorities or by private security companies, concerning all the journeys to and from the sites, subject, for each Team, that the The Team has informed, in writing and within a reasonable time before its departure, the Organizing Association of the project of travel within the Host Country.

    The Organizing Association must guarantee the safety of all persons (including, in particular, the spectators, as well as the members and staff of the CAF Delegation, the CAF Marketing Agency, the Broadcasters, the Commercial Affiliates, of the Audiovisual Production Company and the Media Representatives, or their service providers and agents) participating and / or assisting in the preparation and the holding of the Final Tournament in any venue, in the stadiums, in the official training sites, in the Media Centers of the Stadiums and any other official place in the Host Country where accreditation is required to gain access.

    All costs associated with the security of the preparation and conduct of the Final Tournament in the Host Country shall be borne by the Organizing Association or the competent administrative authorities.

    Participating Member Associations remain responsible for their own security organization from their home country until they enter the Host Country.

    MEDIA

    The Organizing Association must ensure that media requests are met in accordance with the regulatory provisions and CAF guidelines.

    Decisions on the size and location of Stadium Media Centers will be made by the Organizing Association and approved by CAF.

    In accordance with the Specifications and its annexes, the Organizing Association must ensure that all Stadium Media Centers are appropriately equipped and furnished to meet the needs of the Media Representatives, the Agency, the Broadcasters and the Audiovisual Production Company.

    The Organizing Association shall not impose, and shall ensure that no third party imposes, fees for access or accreditation to members of the Media Representatives, the Agency, the Broadcasters and the Audiovisual Production Company. The Organizing Association may, however, request a refundable deposit from Media Representatives in accordance with the practice of previous CAF tournaments.

    The Organizing Association may impose the payment of reasonable and customary fees for the facilities and services required by the members of the Media Representatives in addition to the usual facilities and services. The Organizing Association undertakes to submit to CAF, with a view to its prior written consent, a detailed proposal concerning the amount of the refundable security deposit and the amounts of the costs relating to the facilities and services required in addition to the facilities and services. at least three (3) months before the Opening Match.

    All costs related to the Stadium Media Centers are the responsibility of the Organizing Association.

    The Organizing Association must comply with all the specifications relating to the Stadium Media Centers.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    The Organizing Association is solely responsible for ensuring the availability and availability of appropriate and appropriate hospital, medical and medical facilities on or near the Sites at each Match and during team practices and when each Official Event.

    The members of the CAF Delegation, the official bodies, the Agency, the Commercial Affiliates, the Media Representatives, the Audiovisual Production Company and the Broadcasters will take out medical insurance with an insurance company deemed to be in a position to benefit from health coverage in the Host Country.

    The Organizing Association must guarantee the provision of medical emergency services (by means of ambulances and emergency medical vehicles) and first aid on the Sites on the days of Matches, Official Events, as well as during team practices.

    The Organizing Association will ensure that the evacuation of the sick and wounded is ensured by the fastest means and in the best safety conditions to the pre-identified emergency services or specialties of accredited hospitals.

    The Organizing Association will ensure that the stadiums are equipped with anti-doping control stations, treatment rooms meeting the standards and a medical ambulance and a defibrillator. The anti-doping control is done according to the rules and procedures defined by the CAF.

    Each training site must have an available ambulance during all Team training sessions.

    Each Final Tournament Site must have a hospital located as close as possible to the Stadium of each Site.

    SPECIFIC ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTIVES

    Given the key roles they play in particular with regard to the Competition, certain official bodies as determined by the CAF require special attention from the Organizing Association in the context of hosting and material organization of the Final Tournament. . The official bodies concerned, including the CAF Delegation, are:

    (a) The CAF Executive Committee;

    (b) The members of the CAN Organizing Committee;

    (c) CAF employees;

    (d) Employees of any CAF affiliates or businesses;

    (e) CAF Officials, Referees and Assistant Referees;

    (f) Teams;

    (g) VVIP guests, VIP guests and CAF guests; and

    (h) All other persons accredited by CAF and appointed by CAF as members of the CAF Delegation.

    The Organizing Association has the obligation to provide, among other things, match tickets, accommodation, as well as land and air transport, according to the provisions of the Competition Rules to the members of the official bodies mentioned above. To this end, the Organizing Association will make sure to regularly request the CAF so that the number of people concerned can be evaluated.

    It is agreed that, in all cases, the total number of persons constituting the official bodies referred to in (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (g) shall not exceed 300 people.

    The Organizing Association will ensure that the CAF General Secretariat has all the necessary information and assistance on a regular and appropriate basis during the preparation and for the duration of the Final Tournament, including the IT Requirements and internet connectivity at the CAF headquarters and at the stadiums (Wifi coverage for CAF offices, media gallery, behind the goals, TV room, VIP stand, color photocopiers, printers (MFP ), office equipment, walkie-talkie stadium radio, LTE Wifi devices, Sim cards ...

    All visitors to the Host Country must have valid passports in their possession. Citizens of the countries for which visas are required to travel to the Host Country must obtain these in advance from the appropriate diplomatic or consular missions of the Host Country present in the countries in question. Visa applications must be accompanied by payments of the corresponding visa fees.

    The Organizing Association must ensure that the CAF Delegation, as well as the teams of the Agency, Commercial Affiliates, Broadcasters (including that of the Official Broadcaster if necessary), the Audiovisual Production Company and Representatives of the Media, participant and / or assistant to the Final Tournament and / or an Official Event, obtain, at their own expense, all visas and other authorizations necessary in order to be able to perform their missions, as well as to enter, stay and travel in the Host Country, or to leave the Host Country, without any restriction whatsoever, regardless of nationality, origin or religion. 
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