CAF postpones 2021 AFCON by a year over Covid-19

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

CAF's executive committee met in an online conference on Tuesday and chose to postpone the final to January/February 2022 in Cameroon.

The tournament was scheduled to begin on January 9, 2021, in Cameroon, but will now be played from January 2022.

With the uncertainty as to the pandemic situation in six months' time, it always looked impossible for the Cup of Nations to take place in January and February next year.

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.

The development has been confirmed on Tuesday from the CAF Executive Committee meeting held via zoom conferencing. CHAN is a tournament that features only locally based players.

Cameroon is to host both competitions.

The tournament was scheduled to be hosted from next January in Cameroon.

This decision follows UEFA's decision to move the 2020 European Championship to next year, and CONMEBOL's decision to delay the 2020 Copa America to 2021 too.

They also added that the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final and final matches are set to be played in Morocco.

Regarding inter-club competitions, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals will no longer be contested over two-legs for home and away fixtures.

Furthermore, the 2020 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) has been cancelled, with the Women's Champions League set to launch in 2021.

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