Shortage of rooms at Afcon 2015
Teams arriving at Afcon 2015 in Equatorial Guinea are said to be struggling to find accommodation for players and staff.
This comes after both Congo and Burkina Faso’s coaches criticised the facilities at the continental tournament, due to kick-off on Saturday 17 January in the coastal city of Bata. Equatorial Guinea are hosting the competition after Morocco pulled out late in 2014, citing concerns about the ebola outbreak.
Congo coach Claude Le Roy said five of his 35-strong party attending the tournament did not have accommodation. He revealed that the hotel the bulk of his team are in lacks running water and has exposed electrical cables.
Burkina Faso coach Paul Put also criticised facilities, saying the event should have been delayed until June.
Congo coach Claude Le Roy told the BBC “There are not enough places for my staff and it’s even difficult to find rooms for the players. The electricity is terrible, everything is exposed.”
“I wanted to wash my hands. There was no water. Some of my assistants went around to see if there were rooms available somewhere but it seems very very difficult,” said Le Roy.
Le Roy said Congo had not received any help from the Confederation of African Football (Caf), adding that his party had arrived a day before they were officially due to because they expected organisational problems. “I’m not disappointed, that’s what I was expecting,” he added, when asked about his side’s accommodation.
“I don’t want a big five-star hotel. I just want something very clean.” Le Roy said he had told the players to make sure they qualify for the last eight so they will get a “very nice hotel” when other teams leave.
Put said that some of his players were feeling unwell and angry after their disrupted preparation.
He added that “time was too short to organise a tournament like this”, even though Equatorial Guinea acted as co-hosts of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon. Delaying the finals would also cause an issue over the release of players, given the agreement Caf have with Fifa is for a window spanning January and February.
The Afcon 2015 tournament starts on Saturday and ends on Sunday, 8 February.