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AFCON 2021: Postponing the competition is becoming an option

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AFCON 2021: Postponing the competition is becoming an option

 

CAF delegations are already in Cameroon ahead of the 2021 AFCON. The winner's trophy itself is already making tours in the host cities of the competition in Cameroon.

But some reports are saying that the Cameroon 2021 African Cup of Nations (9 January - 6 February) may not take place as scheduled. There are claims that The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is considering a probable cancellation. For weeks now, there has been talk of its postponement or relocation. And with less than 26 days to go, this thesis is becoming more and more possible. "What was still a thought several weeks ago has become much more than a probability in recent days. According to our information, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) could announce a cancellation of this edition. The reflection is in any case engaged", says Rmc Sport.

The situation at hand shows that there are still possibilities of a postponement. "Several national coaches have heard of this possibility without an official decision being announced for the moment. Beyond the organizational difficulties related to the Covid-19 and its new variant Omicron, CAF is faced with the dissatisfaction of some clubs, mostly English, who would like to keep the players on British soil in the coming weeks," continues Rmc Sport.

"The African players called up by their selection would have to undergo a quarantine on their return to the UK, which would deprive the clubs of their players for a longer period. And the country is currently affected by a significant wave of Covid cases."

Meanwhile the Confederation of African Football CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba has noted the progress made but also urged everyone to work around the clock to ensure that everything is in place for the opening game on 09 January 2022.

Mosengo-Omba is currently in Cameroon joining the CAF team that is already on site working with the Local Organizing Committee and Cameroon government in the delivery of the event.

On Tuesday he held several meetings including that with Cameroon's Minister of Sport, Professor Narcise Mouelle Kombi and Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie.

Following a directive from the CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe who initiated discussions with the Cameroon government on sanitary approach and Covid19 protocols at the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, the meeting between CAF and Health Ministry ironed out a number of details in relation to the competition. CAF and Cameroon government reached common ground on the approach to the competition. Details and outcome of these discussions will be revealed later this week according to CAF.

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