Sunday, 12 July, 2020

Africa Cup Of Nations Postponed Over COVID-19

CAF Postpones AFCON 2021 To 2022 Coronavirus: Africa Cup of Nations postponed until 2022
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2020, 04:00

CAF's executive committee met in an online conference on Tuesday and chose to postpone the final to January/February 2022 in Cameroon.

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The Chan-which was also due to be held in Cameroon-had been indefinitely postponed due to the onset of Covid-19. 6 next year but will now be scheduled for January 2022.

The development has been confirmed on Tuesday from the CAF Executive Committee meeting held via zoom conferencing. "The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course".

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With the uncertainty as to the pandemic situation in six months' time, it always looked impossible for the Cup of Nations to take place in January and February next year.

The ex-Al Ahly SC goalkeeper said that CAF will mostly decide to cancel the two-legged semi-finals due to fears of coronavirus, and therefore the two championships may end in only five days on neutral grounds.

The same procedure will be used for the African Confederation Cup, suspended before the semifinal stage. Its last three games will be staged in Morocco. "We have made a decision today but this could all change tomorrow", added Ahmad.

But, with uncertainty over how to handle the qualifiers during the Covid-19 pandemic, the CAF executive made a decision to postpone their flagship tournament. No new host has been found since Congo withdrew previous year. The decision to scrap the tournament this year is to make way for the launch of the African Women's Champions League in 2021. The document is meant to guide the Member Associations on the restart of football activities on the African continent.