The Douala Stadium artificial turf that was recently removed for the placement of natural grass as part of preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been stolen and sold into black market.
The one hundred and sixty thousands square foot artificial turf was reportedly removed from the stadium premises in broad daylight by motorcycle taxi men for the last three days.
This bizarre development has been greeted by outrage from various football stakeholders including a veteran journalist Nathaniel Njog who found about the incident first.
Njong while speaking via soka25east said: “The stadium construction is under the administration of a new director but this grass was put by the Cameroonian Federation (Fecafoot) who are its owner.”
“I fail to understand why this artificial turf which is in a good condition is being sold instead of being placed in small stadiums such as Wouri, Nkam, Moungo, Sanaga-Maritime which were recently approved to host the matches of the Division 2 Championship and possibly to be training stadiums for professional league clubs.” he added.
The Douala Stadium, which was built in 1972, is scheduled to host some games of the 2019 AFCON tournament.