COVID-19: CAF postpones 2021 AFCON by a year

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to postpone the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for a year, in light of the spread of COVID-19.

The AFCON was set to take place between January 9 and February 6, 2021 in Cameroon, but has been suspended with the COVID-19 outbreak. Now the Executive Committee of the CAF has decided to run the tournament in 2022.

This will be the 33rd AFCON, with 24 participating national teams from the African continent. Last year’s champion was Algeria, which will also participate in the upcoming tournament.

The postponement will also allow the confederation to set a new calendar for qualifications, that are still not finished yet, to determine the participating teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic has condemned African football to wait, in uncertainty, as no official date has been issued for championships, while some European leagues resumed play under strict preventive measures.

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad recently stated that the situation will remain unchanged until the outbreak is brought under control.

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