- As the pandemic coronavirus continues with its ruin, the continent’s football governing body has settled to a decision to push the biennial competition by 12 months to 2022, owing to the impact of Covid-19.
In the Caf executive committee meeting on Tuesday, they resolved that the championship billed for commencement on January 9, 2021, in Cameroon will now take place in 2022.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” a statement from Caf read.
Among big concern is that the Current qualifying games are yet to be concluded while Europe-based stars might be affected because of a likely congested season should the competition go as planned.
The former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has taken to social media to share his thoughts on the resolution. The Ex-Nigeria international has thrown his weight behind the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) decision to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
“I was wondering about the kind of magic Caf would perform to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,” the former Real Madrid and Real Sociedad star said.
“But with this postponement, there is more time for effective planning for the hosts, while countries would have enough time to prepare. And by then, players would really be in their best shape. Good decision from Caf,” the Nigerian concluded.
Meanwhile, President Ahmad Ahmad also ousted rumors that the Central African country would be replaced as hosts. Cameroon was denied the hosting right of the 2019 edition due to its unpreparedness.
“The Caf Executive Committee is satisfied with the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule,” Ahmad said.
Although the postponement does not apply for the women as the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations has been canceled. However, the women’s Champions League has been inaugurated and will start in 2021.