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Afcon third-place playoff moved to Saturday

The fixture will remain at Yaounde’s Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

In Summary

•The final will be staged at the Olembe Stadium, also in Yaounde, on Sunday, and having to split security resources between two different venues for matches hours apart may have been a factor in the decision.

•The Olembe Stadium was the scene of a deadly crush that left eight people dead and 38 injured before Cameroon's round of 16 game against Comoros Islands on Jan. 24

Fans inside the stadium at Afcon
Fans inside the stadium at Afcon
Image: REUTERS

The third-place playoff at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon has been brought forward from Sunday to Saturday, organisers have confirmed.

The fixture will remain at Yaounde’s Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, with no explanation given by the local organising committee for the switch, though the decision was made "after discussions with the Government of Cameroon", according to a statement.

The final will be staged at the Olembe Stadium, also in Yaounde, on Sunday, and having to split security resources between two different venues for matches hours apart may have been a factor in the decision.

The Olembe Stadium was the scene of a deadly crush that left eight people dead and 38 injured before Cameroon's round of 16 game against Comoros Islands on Jan. 24.

It will mean a short turnaround for the loser of Thursday night’s semi-final between the hosts and Egypt. The first semi-final match is on Wednesday evening as Senegal take on Burkina Faso.