CAF takes decision on canceling next year’s AFCON tournament

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have insisted that the African Cup of Nations will still be held in January 2022.

On Wednesday, it emerged that the European Club Association (ECA) had written to FIFA Deputy Secretary General Mattias Grafstrom on December 10, hoping to prevent Europe-based players from reporting to camp for the tournament.

In the letter, the ECA outlined their fears that CAF would not implement strict protocols to protect the players from COVID-19 infection during the tournament.

It also described as “unmanageable” the 2022 AFCON release dates (which start from December 27).

This fuelled speculation as to whether next year’s competition would still go ahead.

But CAF’s head of media relations, Luxolo September, told ESPN: “Our position is very clear. AFCON will be in Cameroon in January 2022. The opening match will be played on Jan. 9.

“There have been] no discussions [about postponement], and there are zero contingency plans.”

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