Mbankomo is a small town located around 30 kilometres outside of Yaounde in Cameroon. On 5 May, an array of eminent personalities descended on the town, to conduct the commissioning of the new CAF Centre of Excellence.

Our two eminent Hall of Fame members – FIFA President Sepp Blatter as well as CAF President Issa Hayatou – led the huge delegation of dignitaries to Mbankomo for the occasion.

The CAF centre of Excellence is a 60-acre property that has training pitches, accommodation facilities as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool, built for the use of interested members.

CAF President Hayatou said, “the opening of this place represents a massive leap in African football development strides, and we have put it at the disposal of all the five nations that qualified for the World Cup from Africa, for their use in preparation, if they so desire”.

The lush and natural vegetation surrounding the centre coupled with the serene atmosphere around it, and with the facilities on site all make it a haven for football teams who want intensive and focused concentration in preparation for big tournaments.

Similar centres are being constructed in Dakar, Senegal and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, and will be commissioned soon.

Mbankomo has three football fields (two synthetic turf and natural grass), spaces for basketball, handball, volleyball, an Olympic swimming pool, a gymnasium equipped with fitness equipment at the cutting edge of technology, a conference room with 110 seats, four meeting rooms with quality sound equipment seating up-to 30 persons each for technical preparation of players, seminars and workshops, a restaurant with seating capacity of 104 seats, a terrace bar and luxurious rooms.