A message shared since Saturday, November 9, 2019, on Whatsapp forums in Cameroon claims that Japoma stadium, in Douala has been “classified by a CAF/FIFA control mission, as the 10th most beautiful stadium in the world.” But no, this information is false.
Such a ranking does not appear on the websites of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). Nor can it be found on the website of the Cameroonian Football Federation Fecafoot. There is also no record of a recent joint Caf-Fifa mission in Cameroon on the digital platforms of these two football authorities.
Moreover, FIFA can only inspect sports facilities for world competitions. Japoma is one of the four stadiums selected for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) that Cameroon will host in 2020, as well as the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.
Another proof that this is false information is that the last CAF inspection mission was carried out in September 2019, not recently as the above-mentioned message suggests.
In fact, this ranking came straight out of the author's imagination, visibly impressed by the Japoma sports complex whose images, especially those of the 50,000-seat, ready-to-use stadium, are widely shared on social networks.
On Facebook, for instance, many people are fascinated by the quality of this “architectural jewel.” Some people even say that this stadium is one of the 20 most beautiful in the world. The most chauvinistic claim is that it is the most beautiful stadium on the planet.