CAF postpones 2021 AFCON tournament to 2022

Coronavirus: Africa Cup of Nations postponed until 2022

After a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Confederation of African Football has made the decision to move the upcoming Afcon to January 2022.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the next edition of Africa Cup of Nations which was slated for next year to 2022.

"The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions", added Ahmad, dispelling rumours that the Central African nation would be replaced as hosts.

The tournament was due to start in Cameroon in January 2021, but is delayed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CAF has postponed AFCON and CHAN tournaments. "Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule", Ahmad said.

Coronavirus: Africa Cup of Nations postponed until 2022

Meanwhile the cancellation of the women's Africa Cup of Nations comes as little surprise given the tournament had no host, while not one qualifier had been played.

This was meant to be the case for the Cameroon tournament as well, but that was then changed back to January owing to climate conditions in the country and a potential clash with the Club World Cup.

This decision follows UEFA's decision to move the 2020 European Championship to next year, and CONMEBOL's decision to delay the 2020 Copa America to 2021 too.

On the other hand, the venue for the CAF Champions League's remaining games is yet to be decided.

Regarding inter-club competitions, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals will no longer be contested over two-legs for home and away fixtures.

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