For the first time in 40 years, Cameroon has been selected to play host to a major African football championship. Cameroon, one of the most successful African footballing nations with five World Cup appearances and three African Cup titles, last hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 1972. The tournament was played in Yaounde and Douala, and was won by Congo, with Cameroon the hosts taking third place.

In 2016 though, Cameroon will host the African Women’s Championships, which is the Africa Cup of Nations for women.

Cameroon has a strong presence of women’s football and have been relatively prominent in the female game in Africa. The Lionesses put paid to Nigeria’s hopes to take part in the last Olympic Games in London (2012), where they put up an impressive showing.

Also selected for African prominence in hosting was the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was selected by CAF to host the 2015 Under-23 Championships. The competition will also serve as the qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and President of the DR Congo Football Federation Omari Constant recognizes the huge potential that such hosting affords his country’s football and their chances of making it to a global competition for the first time since 1974.