The Italian group, Piccini S.A responsible for the construction of the Olembe Stadium has threatened to sue the government of Cameroon over a decision to cancel the contract for the company to construct the Olembe football stadium.

The reason for the cancellation of the contract was advanced by the minister for sports and physical education Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi as “unauthorised halt in activities”.

Reacting to the government’s decision through her minister on November 30 to cancel the contract, the Italian company of company rejected the accusations of “unauthorised halt in activities” and stated that the decision to cancel came at a time when construction works on the site were ongoing.

The company rather accused the government for not respecting the contract terms and commitments, especially in the aspect of finance.

Disclosing she had the intentions of protecting her interest, the Italian group gave a 72-hour deadline to Cameroon starting from Saturday November 30, to restore the contract or else she would sue her to court.

In a statement issued by the minister of Sports and Physical Education on Friday November 29, Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi disclosed the reasons for the cancellation of the contract.

According to the minister, apart from the “unauthorised halt in activities” on the construction site, the company did not respect the commitments of the contract.

On November 2015, Piccini group signed a contract with the government of Cameroon to construct a 60,000 capacity stadium meant to have hosted the 2019 AFCON tournament. But on November 29 2019, the Sports and Physical Education boss cancelled the contract.

According to him, with the attitude demonstrated by the company, he does not see the company completing the construction project in time.

Cameroon is expected to host the 2021 African Cup of Nations, and the Olembe Sports Complex is one of the key infrastructures that will welcome the 2021 African Cup of Nations in the country.