Africa Cup of Nations finals postponed to 2022

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon have been postponed for a year and will now be played in January/February 2022, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Tuesday.

A meeting of the CAF executive committee in Cairo agreed to the switch in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as making a number of other decisions with regards their club and country competitions.

The 2020 African Nations Championship for home-based players that was also due to be played in Cameroon in April, will now take place in January 2021, it was also confirmed.

The novel coronavirus health crisis has suspended football across most of the continent since March and left little time to complete the qualification main Cup of Nations competition, where just two of the six rounds have been played.

With the September international window also scrapped by FIFA for African teams, it made the qualification process even tougher.

The finals were due to be held January 9 to February 6 next year but will now be scheduled to start in January 2022.

The 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations has been cancelled altogether, with no host in place and qualification still under way. It was penciled in for November/December.

The semifinals and final of this year’s African Champions League, both single legs, will be played over a matter of days at a single venue, which still has to be decided.

The semifinals and final of the African Confederation Cup will also be played in a single venue in Morocco.

In the Champions League, the Moroccan duo of Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca take on the Egyptian pair of Zamalek and Al Ahly respectively in their Last 4 clashes.

Another two Moroccan sides meet in the semis of the Confederation Cup as RS Berkane tackle Hassania Agadir, while in the other match-up Egyptian side Pyramids FC take on Horoya FC from Guinea.

Meanwhile, a proposal to host a African Women’s Champions League club competition in 2021 has been approved.