Fifa President Sepp Blatter is expected in Yaoundé in line with the inauguration of the CAF Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo, Akoa Maria in the outskirts of the capital.
A press release from the Confederation of African Football, CAF states, “Monday 5thMay 2014 marks another milestone in continental football development as President Issa Hayatou, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and members of the CAF Executive Committee converge on Yaounde for the official commissioning of the first CAF Football Centre of Excellence” .
The Centre of excellence is built in the environs of lush vegetation on approximately 6 acres of the 23 given in concession by the Government of Cameroon to CAF.
Construction of the first phase of the Centre of Excellence Mbankomo was completed in 2009.
It became operational in 2010 and has played host to CAF training and development workshops and seminars, served as a retreat for the Indomitable Lions.
Also, a training base for the Stallions of Burkina Faso ahead of CAN2012 and hosted a number of first division games of the Cameroon national championship.
Mbankomo has three football fields (two synthetic turf and natural grass), spaces for basketball, handball, volleyball, an Olympic swimming pool, a gymnasium equipped with fitness equipment at the cutting edge of technology, a conference room with 110 seats, four meeting rooms with quality sound equipment seating up-to 30 persons each for technical preparation of players, seminars and workshops, a restaurant with seating capacity of 104 seats, a terrace bar and luxurious rooms.
To ensure uninterrupted operations, Mbankomo has autonomous electric power, with three generators and a treatment plant with a storage capacity of 120,000 liters of water.
Similar Centres in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal would be commissioned in the coming months.