The city of Limbe is a “warzone” and the Brave Warriors of Namibia must play their upcoming African Nations Championship (Chan) group matches elsewhere in Cameroon, the Ambazonian separatist movement said.
There was no immediate response from the tournament’s organisers or the Namibia Football Association on the warning issued by the self-proclaimed independent state of Ambazonia, which covers Cameroon’s north-west and south-west regions.
Also in Chan 2021 Pool D are Tanzania, Guinea and Zambia, who are already in Cameroon preparing for the tournament that starts on 16 January and concludes on 7 February.
The movement notified the media, concerned national football federations, Confederation of African Football, Fifa and the United Nations of the hazardous situation on the ground through a statement.
“The entire territory of Ambazonia, including Limbe, is a warzone and not conducive for any international match at this time,” said Ambazonia Governing Council foreign affairs secretary Larry Ayamba as quoted by The Namibian Newspaper.
“The people of Ambazonia have been engaged and remain in a war of independence declared on them by the republic of Cameroon as they defend their right under international law to self-determination,” he added.
“Amidst the ongoing war for the liberation and independence of Ambazonia, we want to inform you that the Ambazonia Governing Council cannot guarantee the safety of anyone, including CAF officials, various national football teams and spectators in Ambazonia.
“Caf is strongly advised to immediately terminate any plan to play any game in Victoria (Limbe), to host any team anywhere in the territory of Ambazonia, or to cause the gathering and movement of spectators for CAF games in Ambazonia for urgent safety and security reasons.”
It has been reported that at least five people were found dead and five more were wounded on Wednesday after a roadside bomb exploded in Cameroon’s Northwest region.
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