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Hungary’s Costly Football Stadium-Building Scheme Attracts Attention From Cameroon

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.05.05.

The leadership of Cameroon’s national football federation is in Hungary for a three-day visit to study the country’s stadium-building scheme.

Football coach László Tóth, the organiser of planned joint training camps with Cameroonian football players, revealed that the meeting is unique in the history of Hungarian soccer because no high-level leaders of the Cameroonian football association have previously visited the East Central European region and there has been no example of a team from the Central African nation playing in Hungary.

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According to the sports expert, football professionals in the country had received news from the “world-standard stadiums” being built in Hungary over the recent years. The delegation is touring the country’s largest and most modern stadium – Nagyerdei Stadium in Debrecen, Groupama Arena in Budapest and Pancho Arena, the stadium of the Puskás Ferenc Football Academy in Felcsút, the state news agency MTI reports.

Under the cooperation agreement, friendly matches and joint training camps will also be organised at locations in Hungary. Pierre-Joseph Batamak, head of the Cameroonian football federation, pointed out that his country will host the Africa Cup in 2019 and expressed his hopes that Hungary will also play a role in building stadiums and football pitches in Cameroon.

The Hungarian government’s stadium-building scheme is subject to constant criticism from opposition parties. According to atlatszo.hu, an investigative journalism website, the country will spend a staggering HUF 215 billion on the construction of a total of 32 stadiums in the period until 2020.

via index.hu
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