CAF: AFCON 2021 May Be Postponed

May 8, 2020
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Confederation of African Football (CAF) Acting Secretary General, Abdelmounaïm Bah has refused to rule out the possibility of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) postponement.

Bah, who was weighing in on the possibility of tournament happening – says there are chances the showpiece could be pushed if the coronavirus pandemic continues to impede football activity on the continent.

This follows CAF’s decision of extending the 2022 World Cup qualifiers to make room for the 2021 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

“No decision has been taken yet concerning the Nations Cup adjournment,” Bah told Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi in an interview.

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“But a decision is still possible. We discussed the matter with Cameroon.”

The 2021 edition is scheduled to start on 9 January in Cameroon, but its fate remains unclear as countries continue to grapple with COVID-19.

A total of 24 teams will make the final tournament, including Cameroon who qualified automatically as hosts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all qualifier matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 were postponed until further notice.

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