Africa’s football governing body, Confederation of African football (CAF) has announced that all her competitions will go ahead despite the outbreak of coronavirus around the world.
The coronavirus menace has been shutting down businesses and economies of the world, with several other nations taking precautionary measures to contain the disease by putting travel restrictions in place.
However, CAF, with several important matches on the continent looming, insist Africa has not been declared a ‘high risk’ area for the disease. In addition, the apex body on the continent also say they will consider playing some matches behind closed doors to meet the expectations of some countries that have announced restrictive measures to help fight the deadly disease.
“The Cairo-based body says that it will hold talks with the authorities of the concerned countries over the issue to make a case-by-case assessment before deciding how matches would be played,” a CAF statement read on Wednesday.
“CAF wishes to inform Member Associations and the entire African football family that we are closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world and in particular the African continent. According to World Health Organization (WHO), no African country till date has been declared a high risk.”
Consequently, CAF has also decided to maintain the schedule of all competitions, meaning next month’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) will hold in Cameroon.
However, FIFA has called off its Congress scheduled for Addis Ababa in June while several football competitions and sporting events have been either suspended or played behind closed doors.