Afcon pushed to 2022 and Sadio Mane’s reign ‘extended’

Afcon pushed to 2022 and Sadio Mane’s reign ‘extended’

Sadio Mane will continue enjoying his reign as African Player of the Year following the cancellation of the 2020 gala.

CAF announced Tuesday of the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the award, meaning that the Liverpool ace will become the first player to sit on the throne of Africa’s best player longer in a single period than any other player in the awards’s 28 years’ existence.

Samuel Eto’o has won it four times (2003/4/5 and 2010) and was the first player to lift the trophy three consecutive times.

This was among the changes approved by the continental football body in its Execution Meeting that also approved the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nation by one year.

The Cameroon edition that was meant to take place in January 2021 has been pushed back until January 2022

“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” CAF said in a statement.

The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.  

Other changes made due to the ongoing global health situation — Covid-19 –include the deferment of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) January 2021 in Cameroon as well as the inter-club competition.

“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said.

The  CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, will resume in September with a Final Four format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.

Meanwhile, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled while the CAF Women’s Champions League will be launched in 2021. The format and other details will be communicated in due course.

But CAF must now find a new host for the Beach Football after Uganda withdrew as host. Following the withdrawal of Uganda, a new hosting bid will be launched by the organization of the final tournament either in 2020 or 2021.