Cameroon and Gabon will be representing the central part of Africa in the 2024 Deaf Africa Cup of Nations(DAFCON), to be hosted by Senegal.
Slated to run from February 25 to March 17, these two nations automatically qualified for this tournament after other zone member states failed to register with the International Committee of Deaf Sports and the African Federation of Deaf Sports.
First hosted by Ghana in 2014, the forthcoming tournament will be the third and will see the participation of 16 countries.
The 2024 DAFCON will serve as qualifiers for the 2025 Deaflympics, to be hosted by Japan.
With these competitions still far off, the Cameroon deaf football team’s attention is on the forthcoming deaf football championship scheduled for September 23 to October 7 in Malaysia.
Information gotten from the president of the Cameroon Deaf Sports Federation, Jean Pierre Valéry Pemha, indicates that the squad has begun preparations in Yaounde and Douala. However, training hasn’t been easy due to certain challenges, like the absence of proper training grounds, a lack of sporting gadgets, and a lack of water.
Government support hasn’t been forthcoming, but hopefully a budget will be set for the fourth edition of the Deaf football championship set for the last quarter of the year.
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