Breaking News – CAF Suspends the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers until further notice


The Confederation of African Football has suspended the 2021 Africa Cup of Nation Qualifiers which were scheduled to take place between 25th match and 31st march until further notice

This has come shortly after other continents like Europe has suspended all their major competitions like the UEFA Champions League, EUROPA league and the Premier League due to the increased cases of the COVID-19 virus

In the later addressed to the affiliated football stakeholders CAF has expressed its concerns on which it has decided to call off the Qualifiers

As CAF’s top priority remains the health and safety of our stakeholders (Players, Officials, Sponsors, Broadcasters, Employees…etc.), we have been monitoring closely, together with our medical committee, the impact of the current Coronavirus crisis.” reads part of the letter

CAF has gone ahead to give reasons as to why it can’t risk the lives of its stakeholders

  • Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by WHO
  • In Africa, only a few cases have been reported, but the situation could evolve negatively
  • Several players, who are supposed to play the next AFCON Qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus( Europe, Asia )
  • Several African governments have taken strong restrictions on travels: lockdown, quarantine for people coming from countries affected by the virus
  • Several clubs refuse now to release their players for the next international matches

The letter which CAF has addressed to the stakeholders

For the above reasons CAF has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Qualifiers and assures its stakeholders to wait for a new proposed calendar which will be communicated soon according to the evolution of the Coronavirus situation

Ronald Yiga
Senior Staff Writer at Touchline Sports covering largely football

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