CAF postpones 2021 AFCON by one year

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Coronavirus: Africa Cup of Nations postponed until 2022

CAF's executive committee also confirmed that African Nations Championship has been moved to next year, while the CAF Champions League semi-final fixtures will now just be one match instead of two-legged ties, and the same goes for the CAF Confederation Cup.

CAF has made a decision to scrap this year's African Women's Championship. "Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule". No new host has been found since Congo withdrew a year ago.

However, the 2021 tournament's dates have already been moved once, with the original June-July 2021 dates brought forward to January due to the unfavourable climate in Cameroon during the summer months.

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

The decision means clubs in Europe will no longer have to let their African players leave for worldwide duty midway through next season.

It is understood that CAF feels there might not be enough for the qualifiers to be concluded in time for the AFCON. The decision to scrap the tournament this year is to make way for the launch of the African Women's Champions League in 2021.

It's a decision which, on the face of it, has the biggest impact on worldwide football but many European clubs will be feeling relieved today. That surely would have handed an advantage to their rivals - but now those players will be available for the full campaign. 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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