CAF postpones AFCON, to be held January 2022

NEWS DIGEST – The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) by a year.

The postponement was announced on Tuesday after a video-conference by the committee to discuss the future of competitions and other related issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” CAF said in a statement.

“The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”

The 33rd edition of the African showpiece was initially scheduled to hold in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2021.

The continent’s football body also rescheduled the finals of the African Nations Championship 2020, which was originally slated for April, to January 2021 also in Cameroon.

“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule,” said Ahmad Ahmad, CAF president.

CAF also canceled this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nation (AWCON).