The deputy general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Anthony Baffoe has said the institution will not be in a hurry to have active football amidst the challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baffoe was making a presentation during a webinar on Wednesday discussing, “How COVID-19 is impacting African Football players and Clubs”
The deputy general secretary made it clear that lives are very important here and CAF will not be in a hurry to have competitions like the Africa Nations Championship, Africa Cup of Nations or even Champions League before they get clearance from other stakeholders.
He said CAF is waiting for better visibility and clearance from stakeholders like the World Health Organization and even for the governments to open borders.
The emergence of COVID-19 in March forced CAF to postpone all the competitions including the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers and the CHAN tournament among others.
BBC’s Mimi Fawaz moderated the webinar which also has other speakers; Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Enyimba Intl. F.C. Chairman), Geremi Njitap (FIFPRO Africa President), Gonçalo Almeida (Former FIFA Counsel & CEO ADA) and Hicham El Amrani (Former CAF General Secretary & CEO HEA Sports).
It should be noted that South Sudan through is national governing football body (SSFA) is among the few African countries to have called off or canceled their leagues due to the COVID_19 pandemic. The country was represented Atlabara FC Juba and Amarat United FC in the 2019/2020 CAF Champions and Confederation Cup respectively with minimal progress.