CAF could postpone 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Reuters

A postponement of January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals could possibly be on the playing cards when the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) meet subsequent week within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cup of Nations is about for Cameroon from Jan 9-Feb 6 however seems more and more below menace as time begins to expire. Qualifying remains to be removed from full and nationwide crew soccer on the continent shouldn’t be because of resume earlier than October within the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

CAF’s govt committee will meet in an internet convention on Tuesday to determine what to do, and likewise set out a potential course of for finishing this season’s two continental membership competitions.

FIFA’s determination on Thursday to cancel September’s window for nationwide crew matches in all areas, besides Europe and South America, has left CAF with fewer dates to try to full the competitors’s qualifying marketing campaign and the finalise the sector for the 24-team match.

There are nonetheless 4 rounds of qualifiers to play and though they may but be scheduled for October and November, that might imply having to postpone the beginning of the group part of 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

There may be additionally the squeeze that internet hosting the Cup of Nations subsequent January would place on home competitors, with the 2020-21 season in most of Africa’s main leagues set to start out late as they search to first full present campaigns which have been suspended by the pandemic. Most African leagues are halted mid-season to create space for the Cup of Nations.

“The Cup of Nations could possibly be pushed again by 12 months,” a senior official informed Reuters, asking to not be recognized, though normal secretary Abdelmounaim Bah informed reporters final week the most suitable choice remained its present dates.

CREATIVE PLAN

The African Champions League and African Confederation Cup have been suspended on the semi-final stage and CAF must give you a artistic plan to complete the competitions with borders principally shut, flights suspended and soccer stopped throughout the continent due to the pandemic.

CAF should additionally determine whether or not to cancel this 12 months’s African Nations Championship, which was because of be performed in Cameroon in April. It’s the match hosted each two years for quasi-national groups made up of home-based gamers solely.

A call should even be made on the African girls’s championship, scheduled for November however with qualification additionally removed from full.

However on this case, a postponement seems to be a straightforward determination to make as a result of CAF have but to discover a venue for the match after Congo withdrew as hosts in July final 12 months.

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