- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is contemplating pushing the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) as the pandemic coronavirus continues to halt sporting activities that may force the federation to pushed the event to January 2022.
Even though sporting activities are cribbing slowly to life with Tanzania being the first Africa country to resume, the continental showpiece event which was scheduled for January 9th to February 6th in Cameroon lies in limbo.
According to CAF Secretary General Abdelmounaim Bah, the confederation body is still crossing fingers in regards to the next Afcon kick-off date.
“What we can say is that all the confederations hope to be able to play again this year and each is making its arrangements. In this regard, the Asian confederation has announced that it will resume its qualifications in October and November. And at CAF we subscribe to this logic,” Bah said.
Bah, confirmed that this makes the August qualifiers quite a bit hard to go on, hence complicating the whole calendar of events.
“The international windows scheduled for March and June have been canceled, but the months of October and November 2020 represent a lot of hope. We no longer include September in the strategies because it will be quite complicated to have the teams travel from one country to another as early as September. This means that the matches can resume locally but international matches will be difficult to be held because of the travel factor,” Bah explained.
Subject to both Euro 2020 and the Copa America that have been moved to 2021 and to avoid clashing of CAF competitions with those events it is most likely that Caf will be delayed to January 2022.
“January 2022 remains the second option for Afcon… As everyone knows, playing in June/July in Cameroon is difficult because of the weather conditions. In addition, in June/July 2021 there is already a lot of competition with the Euros and the Copa America. So the best time to postpone the Afcon would be January 2022. But all that I repeat, these are alternatives because our priority for the Afcon is to play in January 2021,” Bah concluded.