COVID-19: CAF POSTPONES AFCON 2021 TO 2022
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations slated for January 9 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CAF confirmed the decision in an Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 30 as the continent continues to fight against the spread of the disease.
The continental tournament was scheduled to begin on January 9 in Cameroon but will now be played from January 2022.
It was reported that the decision by CAF was made due to fears that the remaining qualifiers may not be held in time for the Cameroon showdown.
Similarly, the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) which was supposed to be played in April 2020 in Cameroon has been postponed to January 2021
The CAF did not make mention if the subsequent tournament AFCON 2023 will also be pushed back.
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Africa has recorded 393,479 cases of COVID-19, made 186,516 discharges, and deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, according to data from worldometer.
AFCON is Africa’s biggest football event, bringing together 24 teams to battle for continental glory.
Algeria remains the African defending champion, having beaten Senegal in the 2019 game held in Egypt.