Football: CAF postpones 2020 CHAN, 2021 AFCON and other competitions


The 2020 African Nations Championship, CHAN and the 2021 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, both competitions to be hosted by Cameroon have been schedule to 2021 and 2022 respectively due to the COVID19.

The ground breaking decisions and many more were taken this Tuesday, June 30, 2020 during the virtual chaired by the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad.

CAF virtual exco committee

Another main issue on the agenda was the cancellation of the 2020 African Women’s Football Cup of Nations initially previewed for November – December 2020. Instead, the African football powerhouse resolved in the creation of the CAF Women’s Football Champions League to kick off in 2021.

Focusing on the future on the African in the context of the Coronavirus, the committee decided as follows;

2021 Africa Cup Of Nations In Cameroon

Taking into consideration the current global health crisis, the Coronavirus, the stakeholders unanimously voted for the rescheduling of the AFCON to January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.

2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) , Cameroon

The final tournament has been postponed till January 2021 in Cameroon.

The news dates are January 15 -29th, 202

“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t 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.

2019/20 Inter-clubs

The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, will resume in September with a Final Four (4) format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.

CAF Champions League

Venue for Final Four to be decided

CAF Confederation Cup

Morocco will host the Final Four

2020 Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations, AWCON

The 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled.

The decision motivated the creation of the CAF Women’s Champions League to be launched in 2021.

U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup Of Nations; Zonal Qualifiers

A meeting with the Organising Competitions for Youth Football and the Zonal Unions has been proposed to finalize the arrangements for the zonal qualifiers. Meanwhile, the U-17 AFCON will take place in July 2021 in Morocco

2020 Beach Soccer Africa Cup Of Nations

Following the withdrawal of Uganda, a new hosting bid will be launched for the organization of the final tournament either in 2020 or 2021.

Headquarters Agreement

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad commended the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt under the leadership of His Excellency Abdel Fattah El Sisi, who appended his signature to the 10-year agreement on 24 June 2020.

With the new agreement, CAF and its officials will benefit from immunities and privileges granted to diplomatic missions in the territory of the Arab Republic of Egypt in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention.

CAF Ordinary General Assembly

The 42nd CAF Ordinary General Assembly has been rescheduled for December 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As per the recommendations of the CAF Governance Committee, the Elective General Assembly will be organised March 12, 2021.

2020 CAF Awards

The 2020 edition of the prestigious CAF Awards was cancelled.

Financial support to member associations

CAF has allocated an additional USD 16.2 Million to assist Member Associations to mitigate challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Member Associations will be entitled to a sum of USD 300,000.

Appointment  of commercial director

Confirmation of the appointment of Ali Aissaoui as Commercial Director. Prior to joining CAF, the Moroccan served as Business Development Manager of FC Barcelona.

All the decisions arrived at and issued by the various working CAF committees has been greatly influenced by the ongoing killer Coronavirus that has affected almost every aspect of life in the world.

Benly Anchunda

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