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CAF mentioned that the choice was taken as “health was the main priority”.© AFP


Next yr’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon has been postponed till 2022 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Confederation of African Football introduced Tuesday in a video convention. CAF president Ahmad Ahmad mentioned African soccer’s governing physique took the choice as “health was the main priority”. African international locations have suffered to various levels from the pandemic with South Africa the toughest hit amongst these south of the Sahara, recording greater than 144,000 circumstances, whereas Egypt has suffered the worst in North Africa with over 66,000 infections.

“The peak of the pandemic has not been reached yet,” Ahmad added.

The CAF Champions League will spherical up its matches in September whereas the Confederation Cup will wrap up in direction of the tip of this yr with a ‘Final Four’ anticipated to happen in Morocco.

These final two competitions have been interrupted in March forward of the semi-finals part.

Ahmad additionally introduced the cancellation of the ladies’s Cup of Nations which was scheduled to happen in November whereas revealing the launch of a brand new membership competitors for 2021.

“I am expressing my pride in seeing the birth of a women’s Champions League on the African continent,” the CAF president, who confronted allegations of sexual misconduct final yr, mentioned.

Last week, FIFA pledged $1.5 billion in grants and loans as a aid fund to assist nationwide and continental federations in stemming the financial downturn with the halting of soccer because the begin of the pandemic.

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Other regional soccer competitions slated to be performed this summer time have additionally been delayed such because the European Championship and Copa America.

This month noticed the muted return of distinguished European leagues, such because the English Premier League, with matches performed in empty stadiums.

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