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the African Cup of Nations postponed to 2022 because of the Covid-19

The African Soccer Confederation (CAF) introduced Tuesday (June 30th) the postponement to January 2022 of the African Cup of Nations initially scheduled for Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2021, because of the pandemic attributable to the brand new coronavirus.

"Well being is the highest precedence", stated CAF President Ahmad Ahmad at a videoconference press convention, including that "The height of the pandemic has not been reached" in a number of international locations on the African continent. CAF thus adopted the examples of the Union of European Soccer Associations (UEFA) and the South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) which, as of March, postponed their respective flagship competitions for one yr, the Euro and Copa America.

The event will nonetheless happen in Cameroon with 24 groups, whereas the {qualifications}, began earlier than the pandemic, couldn’t be accomplished. The following version of the CAN will probably be maintained in 2023 in Côte d'Ivoire, stated Mr. Ahmad.

Along with the postponement of this competitors, which takes place each two years, the CAF president additionally introduced calendar preparations for different African competitions, together with the African Nations Championship, the Champions League and the Cup. of the confederation.

"Proud to see the beginning of a Ladies's Champions League on the African continent"

The Champions League will probably be over "This yr, in all probability in September"stated President Ahmad, with a location to be decided for the "Remaining 4". The Confederation Cup must also be accomplished this yr with a “Remaining 4” in Morocco. These final two competitions, which in Africa are equal to the Champions League and the Europa League, have been interrupted in March on the semi-finals.

The 2020 African Nations Championship in Cameroon – which pits nationwide groups made up of gamers from their dwelling international locations – has been postponed to January 2021.

As well as, President Ahmad Ahmad introduced the cancellation of the Ladies's CAN which was to happen in 2020 and which will probably be changed in 2021 by a Ladies's Champions League. "I need to specific my satisfaction in seeing the beginning of a Ladies's Champions League on the African continent"stated Ahmad, including that it’s a landmark resolution for African and world soccer.

African international locations have suffered to various levels from the coronavirus pandemic. Excluding Burundi, all African international locations stopped competing in March, as did most international locations on the planet.

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