CAF postpones 2021 AFCON by a year over Covid-19

2021 Africa Cup of Nations postponed to next year

Next January's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon have been postponed by one year and will now take place in 2022, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided on Tuesday.

In the online CAF executive committee meeting on Tuesday, the leaders of the continent came to the decision for drastic changes in response to the coronavirus crisis on the continent. "The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course".

While Caf could play some of the outstanding qualifiers in the October-November global window, this would impact the World Cup qualifying campaign, where the five qualifying teams must play in eight qualifiers before the Qatar tournament in late 2022. CHAN is a tournament that features only locally based players.

But, with uncertainty over how to handle the qualifiers during the Covid-19 pandemic, the CAF executive chose to postpone their flagship tournament.

CAF's executive committee also announced that the 2020 CAF Awards ceremony will be cancelled.

Traditionally held in January, the most recent Africa Cup of Nations, in 2019, was moved to the summer in an effort to avoid clashing with the major European league competitions.

The decision comes after Euro 2020 and the Copa America were both put back until 2021 earlier this year.

There was a boost for the women's game however with the launch of a new Women's Champions League for Africa in 2021.

There will be a single semifinal stage and then the final, likely in September, said the CAF president.



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