AFCON 2012: Gabon Announces Inadequacy Of Accommodation

Organisers say Gabon is still short of accommodation needed to host the 2012 African Cup of Nations…

Gabon, co-host of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, has announced accommodation problems in less than a year to kick-off of the continental showpiece, but says efforts will be made to remedy the situation.

According to Gabon Eco, the central African country is far short of the minimum number of rooms under the requirement of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF have imposed a minimum total of 5380 rooms across the country, with 2790 in the capital Libreville and 2590 in Francville, southeast. But at the moment, the Local Organising Committee says Libreville can boast of only 1806 rooms – 991 short of CAF requirements, while Franceville is 806 rooms short.

In an urgent move to address the situation, Gabon authorities say a number of pavilion-type hotels will be built, to a capacity of 48 to 50 rooms each, in Libreville, Franceville and other host and neighbouring cities.

In addition, local authorities are in talks with owners of a number of hotel facilities that require repairs.

Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will be jointly hosting the 2012 African Cup of Nations early next year. CAF inspection team has given Gabon thumbs up during a number of visits, but the accommodation situation has always been cited as an issue to be fixed.

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