CAF finally postpones 2021 Afcon qualifiers due to Coronavirus impact
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has today postponed the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers that were due March 25-31st.
Abdel Bah, the Acting CAF Secretary General said the postponement was necessary because of the impact of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As CAF’s top priority remains the health and safety of our stakeholders (players, officials, sponsors, broadcasters, employers etc), we have been monitoring closely, together with our medical committee, the impact of the current Coronavirus crisis,” said Bah.
CAF made it clear that since the Coronavirus has been declared as pandemic by WHO and since several players who were meant to feature in the Afcon qualifier matches come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus especially in Europe and Asia, they had no alternative but to postpone the qualifiers.
“We will share with you a proposal of a new calendar that will be communicated on a second step, according to the evolution of the Coronavirus situation,” added CAF in their communication.
The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) had this morning written to CAF in relation to the current situation of the Coronavirus. South Sudan’s Bright Star were meant to face Uganda Cranes in back to back ties of the qualifiers.