Written By: Frank Raj
The 2021 African Cup Of Nation that was initially scheduled to take place next year has been postponed to 2022.
The confederation of African football had initially fixed the date for next summer, so that it will align with when European leagues are off-season, for their stars who ply their trade there.
However, citing the difficulties of playing in Cameroon in June and July, when much of the country is in the midst of its rainy season, the CAF choose to shift the tournament back to its more traditional January to February window earlier this year. Then, Coronavirus struck. And today, officially, the AFCON has been moved again.
Today they have officially chosen to push the tournament back a year to 2022. And as it will remain in Cameroon, a January start will remain.
For clubs with African stars, though, it’s at least one less thing to worry about for the 2020-21 season, whose kickoff has already been delayed until at least September due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
During the meeting, Caf has revealed that the semi-final of their two continental club competition— The Champions League and Confederation Cup will be a one-legged affairs moving forward, rather than the home-and-away ties previously.
The 2020 women’s African Cup Of Nation was cancelled, and Caf also announced the inauguration of women’s champions league and it is set to begin in 2021.