CAF have confirmed the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and major changes for the current Champions League and Confederation Cup campaigns.
In the online CAF executive committee meeting on Tuesday, the leaders of the continent came to the decision for drastic changes in response to the coronavirus crisis on the continent.
Starting with AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, president Ahmed Ahmed confirmed the tournament will be moved to January 2022, while the African Nations Championship (CHAN) will be played out in January 2021.
For the club commitment in relation to the African Champions League and Confederation Cup, the semi-finals will no longer be contested over two-legs for home and away fixtures. Raja Casablanca, Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly and Zamalek will contest for a place in the final of the continent’s elite club competition in Cameroon in September, while the Confederation Cup will be hosted in Morocco.
The tournament has been thrown all about the football calendar in recent times. It was held in the summer for the first time last year, which authorities said would be a permanent change.
Late last year, however, the tournament was moved back to the winter for 2021 – and now it has been scrapped for 2021 altogether due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CAF (Confederation of African Football) has decided it would be a risk at this stage to continue preparations for the tournament next winter.
The African football ruling body also plan to start an inter-club competition for women to be known as the CAF Women Champions League. CAF said the Women’s Champions League would be launched in 2021, adding that the format and other details would be revealed be in due course.