AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS: CAF suspend games indefinitely

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the postponement of this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
CAF had earlier on Thursday announced that all games would go on and that they do not see the Covid-19 as a major threat to the continent.

However, the continent’s football governing body has decided to rescind that decision on Friday in order to protect the health and safety of stakeholders including players, sponsors, match officials and broadcasters.

“Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by WHO. In Africa, only few cases have been reported, but the situation could evolve negatively. Several players, who are supposed to play the next AFCON qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus (Europe, Asia),” the statement read.

“Several African governments have taken strong restrictions on travels; lockdown, quarantine for people coming from countries affected by the virus. Several clubs refuse now to release their players for the next international matches.

“For the above reasons and after studying carefully the current situation, Caf has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers, scheduled from 25 to 31 March 2020.”

Several of football competitions, top European leagues and other events in various sports have all been suspended due to the spread of the disease.

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