Still no clarity on Afcon 2021 dates

Still no clarity on Afcon 2021 dates
Islam Slimani of Algeria celebrates winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Final match between Senegal and Algeria at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 19 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 22, 2019. 11:00

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) held a executive committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday and made a number of decisions, but could still not provide clarity around the dates of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The executive did approve dates for the 2020 African Nations Championship in Cameroon, which will run from April 4-25, but could not provide clarity on their flagship tournament the following year.

CAF must ensure there is no clash with the inaugural, expanded FIFA Club World Cup that will take place in 2021, which gives them a narrow window in July of that year to host heir 24-team tournament.

The executive would only say that the dates would be decided in a joint agreement between themselves and the Cameroon local organising committee, which will take into account weather conditions.

The key decisions approved by the CAF Executive are:

· CAF’s first-ever Safety and Security Regulations were ratified, as well as the Emergency Committee’s decision to terminate the CAF/Lagardère Sports contract

· New organizational chart and refereeing reform project were approved

· The lists of the CAF Standing Committees were approved

· Three new award categories, namely, the African Interclubs Player of the Year, the best African Club President and a special recognition award for contributions to society were approved

· FIFA Forward projects for 2020 were approved.

· The recommendations concerning the location of the training sites and the hosting of the groups for the CHAN Cameroon 2020 were approved

· The dates for the final phase of the CHAN Cameroon 2020 (4th – 25th April 2020) were approved

· The Super Cup will take place on 14th February in Doha, Qatar

· The FIFA Club World Cup 2021 representatives from Africa will be the first, second and third place winners of the Champions League 2020/2021

· New formats for youth and women’s competitions based on 12 teams were approved

· Concerning the Women’s CAN 2020, the opening a call to tender was approved

· Due to metrological issues, the dates of the CAN 2021 will be decided jointly by CAF and the Host Country

· The CAF administration will now decide the dates, times and venues of matches after analysis of the opinions of the teams concerned.

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