Cameroon has given the assurance that that separatist rebels pose no threat to the tournament, which begins on Sunday.
Engamba Emmanuel Ledoux, a senior official involved in Cameroon’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations admitted that last week, groups fighting for the independence of Anglophone Cameroon set off an explosion in the town of Limbé, which will host some of the games.
“The threats have been going on. This is not the first time. You know, we organised the CHAN (African Nations Championship) last year within the same environment,” he said.
The government has introduced security measures to stop the rebels from attacking the event or the nearby town of Buer, where some of the players are due to stay, he said.