CAF postpone Africa Cup of Nations until January 2022

The next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations has been postponed to January 2022. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed in their Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday that the tournament has been pushed back a full year. The 33rd edition would have started on January 9 2021, but has now been pushed back to 2022.

The Executive Committee has decided to push back the tournament due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the continent. Meanwhile, the CAF also has major concerns about the ability to play all the remaining qualifying matches before the intended start date of January 2021, especially after the FIFA has ruled out the month of September for international matches outside of Europe and South America.

While the CAF could schedule matches in October-November, this would also impact the African World Cup qualifying campaign for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. These qualifiers will start later this year and will have multiple groups and phases to result in five African qualifiers for the World Cup.

Related news

Headlines

Guardiola confident in Man City’s CAS appeal against Champions League ban

Manchester City will hear if the appeal against their ban from the Champions League will be successful on Monday. The English giants have received...

Tuchel wary of PSG opponent Atalanta: ‘They are spectacular’

Paris Saint-Germain were drawn against Italian sensation Atalanta Bergamo in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Friday. The German coach expects his...

Barcelona clean out continued as club wants to sell two defenders

FC Barcelona are reportedly cleaning out their squad for next season. After it was reported that both Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti have been...

Chelsea extend Abraham’s contract after striker nets 15th goal of the season

Tammy Abraham has extended his contract at Chelsea by another year to 2023 after the striker triggered an automatic one year extension as he...

Pep Guardiola rules out Sergio Aguero for Champions League return

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not play in first part of the return of the Champions League in August, Pep Guardiola has confirmed....

Trending

Manchester City ‘confident’ about CAS appeal for European ban

Manchester City remain confident of a positive outcome from their CAS appeal against their two-year ban from European competitions by the UEFA, says Spanish...

Niklas Sule set to make Bayern Munich return in German Cup final

German defender Niklas Sule could be making his return for Bayern Munich after spending nine months on the sidelined with a serious injury to...

Serie A – Juventus vs Torino Highlights

Highlights for the Serie A match between Juventus and Torino (4-0).

FC Barcelona receive Frenkie de Jong injury boost ahead of final league games

FC Barcelona have received a massive boost ahead of the final games of the season as midfielder Frenkie de Jong has returned to full...

Chelsea unveil new away kit for the 2020/2021 season

Chelsea have unveiled their new away kit for the 2020/2021 season. After the Blues already launched their new home kit last week, the club...