The African Football Confederation (CAF) has postponed the next edition of the African Nations Cup, scheduled for next year to 2022.
The development was confirmed on Tuesday at the CAF Executive Committee meeting, held through a zoom conference.
The decision was influenced by the current global situation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw a series of events or activities canceled or postponed.
With two of the six qualifiers played, CAF considered it possible, given the current situation, the remaining qualifying phase and the holding of the biennial tournament in January next year.
Therefore, the CAF Executive Committee decided to postpone AFCON to January 2022, with Cameroon still retaining hosting rights.
The African Nations Championship (CHAN), previously scheduled for April this year in Cameroon, has been postponed to January 2021. CHAN is a tournament that features only local players.
The CAF Executive Committee also made a decision on the CAF Interclubs, which is the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup.
With the 2019/20 season for both competitions already in the semifinal phase, CAF announced that Cameroon and Morocco will host the semifinal and final of the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup, respectively.
Both the semifinal and the final will be played unilaterally, changing from the usual format played at home and away.
The African Cup of Nations 2020 (AWCON) has been canceled.
It has also been confirmed that Africa's first African Champions League will start next year.
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