2021 Africa Cup of Nations postponed by a 12 months attributable to coronavirus

Subsequent 12 months’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon has been postponed till 2022 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Confederation of African Football introduced Tuesday in a video convention.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad stated African soccer’s governing physique took the choice as “health was the main priority”.

African nations have suffered to various levels from the pandemic with South Africa the toughest hit amongst these south of the Sahara, recording greater than 144,000 instances, whereas Egypt has suffered the worst in North Africa with over 66,000 infections.

“The peak of the pandemic has not been reached yet,” Ahmad added.

The CAF Champions League will spherical up its matches in September whereas the Confederation Cup will wrap up in the direction of the top of this year with a ‘Final Four’ anticipated to happen in Morocco.

These final two competitions have been interrupted in March forward of the semi-finals part.

Ahmad additionally introduced the cancellation of the ladies’s Cup of Nations which was scheduled to happen in November whereas revealing the launch of a brand new membership competitors for 2021.

“I am expressing my pride in seeing the birth of a women’s Champions League on the African continent,” the CAF president, who confronted allegations of sexual misconduct final 12 months, stated.

Final week, FIFA pledged $1.5 billion in grants and loans as a reduction fund to assist nationwide and continental federations in stemming the financial downturn with the halting of soccer because the begin of the pandemic.

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