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Minister pushes for fans trip to Cameroon

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Stone Mwamadi

Youth and Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama has appealed to the corporate world to fund the supporters’ trip to Cameroon to cheer the Flames ahead of the Round of 16 tie against Morocco Tuesday in Yaoundé.

Msungama, who is in Cameroon, disclosed plans to ferry the supporters after realising that the Flames were the only team without a formal contingent of supporters at the continental football showpiece.

The minister said time had come for the private sector to show their support to the Flames after they qualified for the knockout stage.

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“I am optimistic that some companies will support us so that we subsidise air fare. It is not too late; the Flames have done us proud and they need more support at this stage,” Msungama said.

Msungama said he already talked to two Airlines on the possibilities of ferrying the fans to Cameroon, which also offered one night accommodation for the supporters.

“For a start, if we can manage to ferry 150 supporters, it will be great. Our plan is that the supporters will fly to Cameroon on Tuesday morning on a chartered flight,” he said.

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Details indicate that, to ferry 150 supporters to Cameroon, government requires $255,000 (about K210 million).

Some fans led by flamboyant Yona Malunga planned to travel to Cameroon but the trip did not materialise after they failed to raise K15 million. Malunga said they were following the developments with keen interest.

“We would love to cheer the team to give them extra motivation. It is our hope that this thing will come to pass,” he said.

Another influential supporter Stone Mwamadi said he was keeping fingers crossed on the trip.

“I have just heard about it but I am always ready. The team deserves our support,” Mwamadi said.

Before the start of the tournament, Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced that only supporters who have fully vaccinated and have proof of a negative test could attend matches.

However, Caf also agreed to cap the capacity of the stadium during the tournament.

Caf said matches involving host nation cameroon would be capped at 80 percent whereas the rest of the matches would be at 60 percent.

The Flames qualified for the Round of 16 for the first time after finishing third in Group B with four points.

During the group stages, the Flames beat Zimbabwe 2-1, drew 0-0 with Senegal but lost 1-0 to Guinea in the opening match.

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