The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to push the much anticipated Africa Cup of Nations tournament to 2022 due to uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The next edition of the continental showpiece was previously scheduled for 9th January – 6th February 2021 in Cameroon.
The development was confirmed on Tuesday during the CAF Executive Committee meeting held via video conferencing.
Before the suspension of football activities, two of the six AFCON qualifying rounds were remaining slated for late this year but have now been forwarded to 2021which will hence be played in 2021 as travel restrictions are still imposed by different countries amid the pandemic.
Other changes announced include the postponement of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which was earlier scheduled for April this year in Cameroon.
The tournament that accommodates locally based players will therefore be held in January 2021 with Cameroon retaining it’s status as the host.
CAF also announced that Cameroon and Morocco will host the semi-finals and final ties of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup respectively.
The semifinal and final games for both competitions will be played on a one-legged basis, changing from the previous home and away format.
The continent’s football governing body, CAF also confirmed that the inaugural Africa Women’s Champions League will begin next year.
CAF also cancelled the inaugural 2020 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) which was meant to kick off next year.
The Executive Committee also announced the launch of the CAF Women’s Champions League that will take place in 2021 but the format of the competition and other details of the event will be communicated in the due course.