Despite optimism to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in January 2021, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed it has a Plan B.
Qualification matches for next year’s competition have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic but CAF secretary-general maintains that rescheduling the event to June or July is not an option.
Abdelmounaim Bah revealed there would be an alternative which is to host the competition 12 months later.
“If we cannot make up for the Afcon 2021 qualifiers in October and November, we will have to think of another plan… But today the longer the crisis lasts, the more this scenario deserves to be thought about. Afcon next January, however, remains our number one priority, “
“January 2022 remains the second option for Afcon 2022…As everyone knows, playing in June/July in Cameroon is difficult because of the weather conditions.
“In addition, in June/July 2021 there is already a lot of competition with the Euros and the Copa America. So the best time to postpone the Afcon would be January 2022. But all that I repeat, these are alternatives because our priority for the Afcon is to play in January 2021”, Bah is quoted by Goal.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the continent’s football calendar into a state of uncertainty, affecting the African Nations Championship and the African Women’s Cup of Nations.
Both competitions were scheduled for April and November 2020 respectively.
Cameroon are host for both the AFCON 2021 and the Nations Championship originally scheduled for this year.