CAF to postpone 2021 AFCON to be in 2022

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Wed, 27 May 2020 - 06:26 GMT

Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad during the draw REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad during the draw REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

French Radio Monte Carlo unveiled the possibility of holding the 2021 African Cup of Nations in the summer of 2022 due to Coronavirus pandemic.

The French radio quoted a source within the Confederation of African Football, who pointed out the difficulty of organizing the tournament on schedule

The next edition, established in Cameroon, is scheduled to start on January 9th, and end on February 6, 2021.

But the source said: "There is almost no chance for the African Cup of Nations 2021 to be held next January."

The source revealed: "The intention is to postpone the competition to be held in January 2022."

The source further explained that postponing it for 12 months is not the only option on the table, but rather it is proposed to postpone it for 18 months.

The source said: "It's also possible to make it in the summer of 2022, because the World Cup will take place in November 2022."

"But we have to study this idea very well so as not to destabilize the African teams participating in the World Cup," the source said, adding.

There are 4 full rounds in the African Nations Cup qualifiers, in addition to the play-offs, less than 7 months ahead of schedule, which reduces the possibility of holding the tournament.

The competition, which was held every two years in January, saw a new date in the last version in Egypt when it was played in the summer, before CAF modified its date again to be in January.

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