News By/Courtesy: Riya Singh | 02 Jul 2020 12:38pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The competition was set to take place in January 2021
  • The Confederation of African Football said the 24-team tournament in Cameroon will now open one year later in January 2022
  • The COVID-19 health crisis has suspended football across most of the continent since March

The competition was set to take place in January 2021, but it has been pushed back a year by the Confederation of African Football because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Confederation of African Football said the 24-team tournament in Cameroon will now open one year later in January 2022. The 12 qualifying groups face a challenge to be completed this year.

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

It’s the second scheduling change this year for the continental championship. It was originally set to be played in June-July 2021, during Cameroon’s rainy season, but was moved to the beginning of the year.

“Meanwhile, the CAF Women’s Champions League will be launched in 2021. The format and other details will be communicated in due course,” it further read on cafonline.com.

The COVID-19 health crisis has suspended football across most of the continent since March and left little time to complete the qualification competition, said CAF president Ahmad Ahmad at a news conference.

"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 international matches," said Ahmad.

"But we have to see what happens with the pandemic and what the situation will be. We have made a decision today but this could all change tomorrow," added Ahmad.

CAF has decided to scrap this year`s African Women`s Championship. No new host has been found since Congo withdrew last year.

Meanwhile, former Kenya football captain and its most-capped player Musa Otieno is recovering in a Nairobi hospital from COVID-19, in a development that has brought the effects of the global pandemic into sharp focus in the country.

 Otieno, who made 105 appearances for Kenya’s Harambee Stars from 1993 to 2006, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted at a government facility while being placed on a ventilator for the past two days, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Jul 2020 14:24pm IST


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