COCAN 20-21



The capital

Yaounde, often called Ongola in Beti, the language of the indigenous ethnic group, the ‘city of seven hills’, is the political capital of Cameroon. With a population of 4,100,000 in 2019, it is, together with Douala, the most populous city in the country and the CEMAC zone.

Yaoundé is the capital of the Centre Province and of the Mfoundi Department (the administrative boundaries are the same as those of the department) and is home to most of Cameroon’s most important institutions.

Founded in 1889 by the Germans, Yaoundé was later structured by the French in 1969. To penetrate the forest area, the German colonial administration organised two expeditions to the hinterland of the Cameroonian coast. While the expedition under the command of Eugen Zintgraff headed northwest, the expedition of Lieutenants Richard Kund and Hans Tappenbeck went to Kribi to bypass the area of influence of the Sawa peoples from the east.

Yaoundé is endowed with rugged terrain, hence the name “the city of seven hills”. But the most famous of these mountains surrounding the capital is Mont-Febé, which rises to more than 1,000m and gave its name to the first luxury hotel in the capital, the Mont-Febé hotel, perched on the side of the eponymous mountain and backing onto a magnificent golf course. Speaking of accommodation capacity, the Cameroonian capital will soon have two new 5-star establishments, but this will be long after the 2021 African Cup of Nations, when the Hotel du Lac and the Hyatt, which are already under construction, will be completed in the city centre. The Hilton located on the Boulevard du 20 Mai remains the only 5-star hotel in Yaounde, next to at least six 4 star hotels (La Falaise, Le Mont-Febé, Franco hotel, Djeuga Palace, Merina, and even the United Hotel in Mbankomo, some 20km from the capital) and dozens of other establishments that are less prestigious but which have been refurbished to accommodate various guests of the next African Cup of Nations.”  (source:

The Cameroonian capital is the only city that has two stadiums for the final phase of the CAN 2021 tournament. In addition to the Olembe stadium, it is the Ahmadou-Ahidjo stadium that will host matches of the competition. However, the Olembe stadium will be one of the most used stadiums of the tournament as it will be the venue for the opening match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. It has a capacity of 60,000. The Olembe arena in Yaounde will host 9 matches out of the entire tournament. Of these 9 matches, 5 will be group matches of the 2022 CAN. During the knockout phase, a round of 16, a quarter-final, a semi-final and the grand final of the 2021 African Cup of Nations will be held in this arena. In addition, the opening and closing ceremonies of the competition will also take place in this stadium.(source:

Stade Paul Biya
Location of Paul Biya Stadium in Olembé, Yaoundé

The Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium has been refurbished for the CHAN in January 2021 and therefore the CAN in January 2022. The stands, dressing rooms, boxes and especially the media areas have been completely renovated to make this stadium named after the first president of the Republic of Cameroon.(source:

Complexe sportif Ahmadou Ahidjo

It is a 40,000-seater stadium adapted to the requirements of modernity. Located not far from the administrative and commercial centre, the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium attracts fans from all over the city, even for national championship matches. It has an impressive car park with more than 2000 places in the mythical district of Mfandena, renamed by the users «Omnisport district»”  (source:

Location Ahmadou Ahidjo Sports Complex

Hotels that will host the Can 2021 delegations


Ticket sales sites in Yaoundé

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