The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to Coronavirus outbreak in the region, the continent’s football governing body has confirmed.
Following the meeting, the EmCo of CAF has decided to cancel all 2021 AFCON Qualifiers set to be played in March until further notice.
“Following the growing concern of the COVID-19 virus and the latest declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as a pandemic,
CAF emergency committee has decided to postpone the following matches until further notice:
– Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Match days 3 and 4 of the qualifiers initially scheduled from 25th to 31st March.
– FIFA Women U-20 World Cup Qualifiers: Initially scheduled from 20-22 March and 27- 29 March.
– Total Women AFCON 2020 Qualifiers: Initially scheduled from 8th to 14th April. CAF shall announce the new program in due time.
Concerning the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020) scheduled in Cameroon from 4th to 25th April, a delegation from the CAF Medical Committee is scheduled to visit Cameroon from 14-15 March 2020.
The purpose of this mission is to assess all the preventive measures taken by the Local Organizing Committee, a decision will be taken after the inspection visit.
On the other hand, CAF has also decided to postpone the Match Commissioners Workshop scheduled for the 19th & 20th March until further notice.
The African football governing body has also assured CAF affiliated association that they are monitoring the situation closely and working with the competent authorities such as the WHO on the impact of the virus in the continent and CAF Competitions”.
The Bright Stars of South Sudan were scheduled to face Uganda away in a Group B doubleheader scheduled for 28th March, 2020 before hosting the Cranes at Nyayo Stadium on 31st March 2020 in a reversed fixture three days later.
Below is the official announcement from CAF.
The COVID-19 which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has seen many sporting activities in Europe and most parts of the world postponed.