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.