CAF Postpones AFCON 2021 To 2022

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

CAF's executive committee also confirmed that African Nations Championship has been moved to next year, while the CAF Champions League semi-final fixtures will now just be one match instead of two-legged ties, and the same goes for the CAF Confederation Cup.

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The men's tournament had been set to take place in January next year.

Traditionally held in January, the most recent Africa Cup of Nations, in 2019, was moved to the summer in an effort to avoid clashing with the major European league competitions.

"This decision was taken due to the uncertainties about the coronavirus health situation and especially because of the scheduling problems since four rounds of qualifiers would need to be fitted into the October and November windows for worldwide matches", said Ahmad.

CAF Postpones AFCON 2021 To 2022
CAF Postpones AFCON 2021 To 2022

Morocco will host the Confederation Cup semis and final, although Caf have not yet revealed the identity of the Champions League hosts.

"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 same procedure will be used for the African Confederation Cup, suspended before the semifinal stage.

But, with uncertainty over how to handle the qualifiers during the Covid-19 pandemic, the CAF executive chose to postpone their flagship tournament.

The decision means the biannual tournament will now be in the same year as the 2022 World Cup - something that last happened in 2010. Each country will be given an extra $300,000.

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