The Confederation of African Football has said it will not postpone the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
About 20,000 people have lost their lives to date and footballing activities have been halted with major events being postponed.
Among the tournaments that have been pushed forward indefinitely is the 2020 Chan competition which was scheduled for April 4 – 25.
Caf acting general secretary Abdelmounaim Bah insists the remaining 2021 Afcon qualifiers can be played in the remaining 2020 international windows and it will not affect the initial date for Africa’s biggest football bonanza.
“For now, the Africa Cup of Nations is still scheduled for January to February 2021,” Bah is quoted by Goal.
“The only reason we would shift Afcon would be a situation [Covid-19] that continues into the year 2020 and if this current crisis does not allow us to play all the qualification matches.
“We still have four qualifying days to play and we can play them in two international windows. We have four at our disposal: June, September, October, November. At this point, anything is possible.
“If we can’t play matchdays three and four in June, we will play them otherwise in September or October and we will play matchdays five and six in November.”
The tournament is set to be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2021.