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CAMEROON REASSURES OVER REBEL THREAT TO AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON)

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A senior official involved in Cameroon’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations has assured that separatist rebels pose no threat to the tournament, which begins on Sunday.

Engamba Emmanuel Ledoux admitted that, last week, groups fighting for the Independence of Anglophone Cameroon set off an explosion in the town of Limbé, which will host some of the games.

But he said the Government had introduced security measures to stop the rebels from attacking the event or the nearby town of Buer, where some of the players are due to stay.

Meanwhile, underdogs the Gambia will aim at creating history when they play at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time this month, with Captain Omar Colley hoping the scorpions can provide a real sting in Cameroon.

The West Africans, who have travelled a long twisting road to arrive at their first finals, are rated 150th in the world, the lowest-ranked side at the tournament.

But this is not deterring the players as they prepare to face Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia in the group stages.

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