The continent’s football governing moved the biennial competition by 12 months, and the verdict has been applauded by the Nigerian football great
During Caf’s executive committee meeting on Tuesday, they resolved that the championship billed for commencement on January 9, 2021 in Cameroon will now take place in 2022 owing to the impact of Covid-19.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” a statement from Caf read.
Currently, qualifying games are yet to be concluded while Europe-based stars might be affected because of a likely congested season should the competition go as planned.
The former Super Eagles midfielder has taken to social media to share his thoughts on the resolution.
According to him, shifting the African football showpiece will enable hosts Cameroon touches to their preparations while participating countries would have enough time to prepare for the tournament.
I was wondering about d kind of magic CAF would perform to host 2021 AFCON, but with ds postponement, there is more time 4 effective planning 4 d hosts, while countries wud av enough time 2 prepare. And by then, players would really be in their best shape. Gud decision 4rm Caf.
— Mutiu Adepoju (@MutiuAdepoju8) June 30, 2020
“But with this postponement, there is more time for effective planning for the hosts, while countries would have enough time to prepare.
“And by then, players would really be in their best shape. Good decision from Caf.”
Meanwhile, president Ahmad Ahmad also ousted rumours that the Central African country would be replaced as hosts. Cameroon were denied the hosting right of the 2019 edition due to their unpreparedness.
“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 ” he said as quoted by Caf website.
The case is different for women’s football as the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations has been cancelled. However, the women’s Champions League has been inaugurated and will start in 2021.