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CAF postpones 2021 Africa Cup of Nations over COVID-19

By NewsDesk, with Agency report

As part of measures to protect players and other participants, the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee has announced the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

It explained that the outbreak of the viral infection and its accompanying disruption to all sporting activities had necessitated the postponement over safety concerns.

CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, said following the postponement, the competition will now hold in Cameroon in January 2022, adding that the decision was reached after the committee met via video-conference to discuss the future of competitions and other related issues amid the global pandemic

Ahmad through a statement released to newsmen on Tuesday also announced that the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled, while the African Nations Championship 2020 was rescheduled to January 2021 also in Cameroon.

“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022.

“The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” the football body said in a statement.

“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule.

“The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup will resume in September with a Final Four (4) format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.

“Due to challenging conditions, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been canceled. The 42nd CAF Ordinary General Assembly has been rescheduled for December 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“CAF has allocated an additional USD 16.2 Million to assist Member Associations to mitigate challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Member Associations will be entitled to USD 300,000.” the statement said.

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