Covid-19 pandemic: African Cup of Nations postponed from January next year to 2022


The next version of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has been postponed by 12 months, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed of their Executive Committee assembly on Tuesday.

Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez receives Africa Cup of Nations 2019 from CAF President. (Reuters Photo)

Next January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon have been postponed by one year and can now happen in 2022, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) selected Tuesday.

The COVID-19 well being disaster has suspended soccer throughout most of the continent since March and left little time to full the qualification competitors, stated CAF president Ahmad Ahmad at a information convention.

The Cup of Nations have been due to be held from Jan. 9-Feb. 6 next year however will now be scheduled for January 2022.

“This decision was taken due to the uncertainties about the coronavirus health situation and especially because of the scheduling problems since four rounds of qualifiers would need to be fitted into the October and November windows for international matches,” stated Ahmad.

The Africa Nations Championship, which is the event for quasi-national groups made up of locally-based gamers solely, will now be performed in January in the course of the interval initially deliberate for the Cup of Nations having been postponed from April this year.

Cameroon may also be requested to stage the semi-finals and closing of this year’s African Champions League, CAF’s government committee determined at a gathering.

There can be a single semi-final stage after which the ultimate, probably in September, stated the CAF president.

The similar process can be used for the African Confederation Cup, suspended earlier than the semi-final stage. Its final three video games can be staged in Morocco.

“But we have to see what happens with the pandemic and what the situation will be. We have made a decision today but this could all change tomorrow,” added Ahmad.

CAF has determined to scrap this year’s African Women’s Championship. No new host has been discovered since Congo withdrew final year.

However, CAF stated it could launch a Women’s Champions League in 2021.

African soccer’s governing physique stated it had allotted a further $16.2-million to help member associations hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each nation can be given an additional $300,000.

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