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COVID-19 Rules Put Fans Off Attending AFCON Matches

Cameroon may be a football-mad country but most matches at the Africa Cup of Nations so far have been played out in front of largely empty stadiums, with fans preferring to gather elsewhere to enjoy the action, IgbereTV reports.

In Bafoussam in the West region, banners welcome visitors and Cameroonian flags adorn the streets where vendors sell vuvuzelas for fans to deafen passers-by — there is no doubt that the third-largest city in the country is proud to host AFCON games.

Every night, hundreds of fans mass with a beer in their hands in front of screens in bars to watch and talk about the matches.

Yet outside town, in the modern 20,000-capacity stadium built for the competition, the stands were almost completely empty for the first two matches played there on Monday, despite Liverpool star Sadio Mane and his Senegal side being among the teams in action.

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