The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by one year.
The announcement was made after a video-conference meeting of the CAF Executive Committee to discuss the future of its competitions and other related issues in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.
The AFCON, regarded as Africa’s football showpiece event, will now be staged in Cameroon in January 2022.
The African football governing body also postponed the finals of the 2020 African Nations Championship to January 2021, also in Cameroon.
A statement from CAF read: “After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”
“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule.”
CAF also announced resumption dates for its Champions League and Confederations Cup competitions and Ordinary General Assembly, and cancelled the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The statement read: “The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, will resume in September with a Final Four (4) format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.
“Due to challenging conditions, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled.
“The 42nd CAF Ordinary General Assembly has been rescheduled for December 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“CAF has allocated an additional USD 16.2 Million to assist Member Associations to mitigate challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Member Associations will be entitled to USD 300,000.”