Saturday Mar 14, 2020. 09:00
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday announced the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, due to growing concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The coronavirus pandemic has caused an almost total shutdown of world sporting events and CAF’s decision comes short on the heals of the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Eredivisie, Serie A and UEFA suspending all football matches for the foreseeable future.
Qualification for Africa’s premier competition was set to continue later this month with back-to-back matches scheduled during the international break, but those matches will now take place at a latter date ahead of next year’s competition in Cameroon.
The following competitions were postponed as per communication from CAF:
– Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Match Day 3 and 4 of the qualifiers scheduled for 25 – 31 March 2020;
– FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Qualifiers: scheduled for 20 – 22 March 2020 and 27- 29 March 2020;
– Total Women’s AFCON 2020 Qualifiers: scheduled for 8-14 April 2020.
The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 5000 people while there has been over 140,000 reported cases across 123 countries according to the World Health Organization (WHO).