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CAF – December 2008

During a meeting on 21 August, the organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations (COCAN 2010) in Luanda, Angola, expressed satisfaction at the pace of construction of the four stadiums for the competition. The announcement was made by the executive director of COCAN 2010, Antonio Mangueira, at the end of a meeting headed by the Prime Minister, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. Mangueria said that the stadiums and other infrastructures would be ready by October or November 2009, while admitting that construction might be delayed in the northern Cabinda province. A total of 100 houses will be built in Camassango, Cabinda, to accommodate the teams, while Luanda and the other provinces will construct new hotels and social housing to meet requirements. He explained that the Africa Cup of Nations would be held in four Angolan cities (Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango) as planned, and that the government was doing everything in its power to avoid any hold-ups.
Amadou Diakite, a member of CAF’s Executive Committee and a former member of FIFA’s Executive Committee, was recently appointed technical advisor on sports issues to the President’s office by the government of Mali. Meanwhile, in Guinea, Almamy Camara Kabele, a member of CAF’s Executive Committee, was appointed Defence Minister in Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Soure’s new government.
CAF President Issa Hayatou has sent a message of condolence to the football association of Cameroon (FECAFOOT) following the death of Petcha Laurent, a longstanding member of CAF’s Referees Committee. Laurent passed away in Yaounde on 25 August. Hayatou described Laurent as “a hardworking CAF official who devoted almost his entire life to the development of refereeing in Cameroon and across the continent”. He continued: “His death is not only a loss to his family and to FECAFOOT but also to the entire African football family.”