The Confederation of African Football(CAF) has postponed the 33rd edition of the prestigious tournament , the Africa Cup of Nations until January 2022.
The initial tournament was scheduled to be held in January 9 to February 6 2021 but will now be scheduled to January 2022.
The impact of Coronavirus of football worldwide caused football to be halted until conditions are favourable and as a result there is only little time left to complete the qualification competition.
This will be the second time the competition has been rescheduled. It was initially set to be played in June and July 2021 during Cameroon’s raining season but was shifted to an earlier date January 2021 to ensure favourable weather conditions for the tournament.
CAF will communicate later the date for the final tournament and the remaining qualification games as stated in a statement.
This decision will benefit European Clubs as players will no longer have to leave midway season to represent their national teams.
“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.”
CAF has also decided to cancel the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations due to “challenging conditions” and will instead launch Womens Champions League in 2021.
Cameroon will get to stage the semi-finals and final of this year’s African Champions League which will be played at a single venue in Douala, CAF’s executive committee decided.
“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. “Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule.”