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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: here is CAF plan B for CAN Cameroon 2021

The CAF Emergency Committee will meet in early April to concoct a program and ensure the continuation of African competitions. But everything will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic at the continental level.

It is a total blur in the world of sport in general and in the football world in particular. No one knows how long the coronavirus epidemic will last and its impact, in the short and medium term, on national competitions and the international commitments of clubs and national teams. 

As the epidemic gained ground, the national football federations and the continental confederations bowed one by one to this case of force majeure by canceling the football competitions they manage. In this sense, CAF has postponed the 4th day of the CAN 2021 qualifying group phase which was to be held during the month of March.

According to Le360sport, CAF would have a plan B to allow African teams to complete the 3rd and 4th qualifying rounds for CAN 2021, suspended due to the epidemic of covid-19. If these last matches are not played next June, CAF will schedule them in September and October, and the selections will start immediately after the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. 

The CAF Emergency Committee will meet in early April to decide the future of African competitions. To start with the holding of the semi-finals of the Champions League which CAF will decide the postponement or not. In this regard, the African body will decide either to maintain the dates of the semi-finals, or to play them as well as the final in Douala in Cameroon in the form of a small tournament, or to postpone them to a later date if the pandemic is not contained by then.