Africa Cup Of Nations Postponed Over COVID-19

Algeria with the African Nations Cup trophy

Next January's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon have been postponed by one year and will now take place in 2022, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided on Tuesday. 6 next year but will now be scheduled for January 2022.

Cameroon is to host both competitions.

African football's governing body has not announced whether the 34th edition of the tournament-scheduled for Ivory Coast in 2023-will also be pushed back.

The Chan-which was also due to be held in Cameroon-had been indefinitely postponed due to the onset of Covid-19.

The move means that defending Premier League champions Liverpool will play all of next season without losing their key strike force of Senegal's Sadio Mane and Egypt's Mohamed Salah to global duty.

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It is understood that CAF feels there might not be enough for the qualifiers to be concluded in time for the AFCON.

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

The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course, the Confederation of African Football said in a statement after an executive committee meeting.

Postponing the tournament for 12 months was the wise option.

The 2020 Women's AFCON will not be played this year. Along with their club commitments, many will start the year with the Africa Cup of Nations and then end it with a World Cup in Qatar.

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