Coronavirus CAF postpones Africa Cup of Nations until 2022

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

It was moved to odd-numbered years in 2013 - that year's tournament coming only a year after the previous one - to avoid such clashes, which risked disadvantaging African teams at the World Cup by giving them such an extended season of competition.

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.

Cameroon will get to stage the semi-finals and final of this year's African Champions League which will be played at a single venue in Douala, CAF's executive committee decided.

Algeria are the reigning African champions, having defeated Senegal 1-0 in the 2019 final in Cairo.

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

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This follows an online conference by the Executive Committee of the continent's football governing body held on Tuesday to decide the future of the competition. "Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule", Ahmad said.

CAF revealed that dates of the proposed changes of events will be announced in due course while the annual awards ceremony for the 2020 edition has been cancelled but Pickalbatros Group will continue their sponsorship commitment.

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

CAF Champions League semi-finals will be held in Cameroon, in September, while the CAF Confederation Cup will be hosted in Morocco.

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