A postponement of January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals could be on the playing cards when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) meet subsequent week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cup of Nations is about for Cameroon from Jan 9-Feb 6 however seems more and more underneath risk as time begins to expire. Qualifying remains to be removed from full and nationwide workforce soccer on the continent will not be as a consequence of resume earlier than October in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
CAF’s govt committee will meet in an internet convention on Tuesday to determine what to do, and in addition set out a doable course of for finishing this season’s two continental membership competitions.
FIFA’s determination on Thursday to cancel September’s window for nationwide workforce matches in all areas, besides Europe and South America, has left CAF with fewer dates to attempt to full the competitors’s qualifying marketing campaign and the finalise the sector for the 24-team event.
There are nonetheless 4 rounds of qualifiers to play and though they could but be scheduled for October and November, that may imply having to postpone the beginning of the group part of 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
There can also be the squeeze that internet hosting the Cup of Nations subsequent January would place on home competitors, with the 2020-21 season in most of Africa’s main leagues set to start out late as they search to first full present campaigns which have been suspended by the pandemic. Most African leagues are halted mid-season to create space for the Cup of Nations.
“The Cup of Nations could be pushed back by 12 months,” a senior official instructed Reuters, asking to not be recognized, though normal secretary Abdelmounaim Bah instructed reporters final week the most suitable choice remained its present dates.
The African Champions League and African Confederation Cup have been suspended on the semi-final stage and CAF must provide you with a inventive plan to complete the competitions with borders largely shut, flights suspended and soccer stopped throughout the continent as a result of of the pandemic.
CAF should additionally determine whether or not to cancel this 12 months’s African Nations Championship, which was as a consequence of be performed in Cameroon in April. It is the event hosted each two years for quasi-national groups made up of home-based gamers solely.
A call should even be made on the African ladies’s championship, scheduled for November however with qualification additionally removed from full.
But in this case, a postponement appears a simple determination to make as a result of CAF have but to discover a venue for the event after Congo withdrew as hosts in July final 12 months.