Confederation of African Football inspectors paid a visit to 2012 African Cup of Nations co-host Equatorial Guinea and were pleased with the progress that's been made ahead of the continental showpiece, according to RTG1.
"There is a great work on the ground, the outlook is good, it's really satisfying," Camara Almany Kabela, head of the inspection mission, told reporters at a press conference in Malabo.
Asked about whether the 15,000-seater Malabo Stadium is considered too small, Camara said, “A 15,000 seater is reasonable. What's the use if the stadium is empty during a game?”
However, Local Organizing Committee Secretary Ruslan Nsuen Obiang expressed concern about the absence of standard hotels in some host cities notably Bata.
“There is concern about lack of big hotels in Bata,” Obiang said. “But we can find a solution by accommodating foreign visitors at government houses, which can provide more than 10,000 spaces.”
Bata Stadium, which will host the opening ceremony and the first game, has been upgraded from 22,000 to 40,000, according to Obiang.
The mission’s next visit is slated for April in Equatorial Guinea and co-host nation Gabon.