AFRICANGLOBE – Cameroon is set to build its largest sporting complex to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.
The Japoma sports complex will hold a 50,000 seat stadium, a sports hall, an Olympic swimming pool, a handball court, gym, a large pool, two training courts, tennis courts, an annex of the national Football Academy, a shopping centre and landscaped areas according to the Cameroon Tribune.
A Turkish company will build the complex which is expected to cost around $143 billion with 75 percent of the project financed by the Turk Eximbank.
Japoma Sports complex must be “delivered four months before the start of the African Cup of Nations … which will take place in Cameroon in 2019,” Cameroon’s economy minister, Louis-Paul Motaze, said at the signing of the project financing agreement in Yaounde on Nov. 2
Yenigun Construction said on its website that the contract for the project was signed in December 2015. Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey said “this is the first time a Turkish company will carry out a project of this scale. But we are not worried, since it has expertise and has had to prove otherwise. ”
The complex which will be in Doula will be built between 18 and 22 months.