‘Tara’ was initially unveiled in December but was met with severe criticism from Cameroonians who felt the nation’s governing body's choice was wide of the mark.
They felt the choice of mascot was hideous, frightful and didn’t reflect anything positive from the Central African nation as well as the other participating countries.
Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, who is also the president of the organising committee, stated the change was prompted by the criticism from several quarters after last month’s unveiling.
Also, on Wednesday, the theme song for the showpiece titled ‘We Are All Champions’ was introduced.
It will be performed by singer and songwriter Jane Mary IHIMS.
The competition, which comprises 16 teams, will be held in the cities of Yaounde, Douala, Buea and Limbe.
The draw will take place in Yaounde on Monday, February 17.