Cameroon and the Republic of Congo have qualified for the 2021 U17 African Nations cup without kicking a ball after the Confederation of African Football, CAF, said it was impossible to organize the UNIFFAC zonal qualifying tournament.
In a letter addressed to the Executive director of UNIFFAC, CAF’s interim Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah, noted that the absence of a host Nation for the UNIFFAC tournament, the absence of magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) machines in many countries of the UNIFFAC zone, coupled with the Covid-19 restrictions and and the limited time left to find a host Nation, the CAF commission charged with organizing Youths football, have decided to engage the finalist of the last UNIFFAC zonal qualifiers (2018 edition).
This implies that Cameroon and Congo automatically qualify for the 2021 U17 AFCON, scheduled for Morocco.
Cameroon goes into the Competition as Defending Champions, after winning the competition in Tanzania in 2019, under the leadership of Thomas Libiih.
The draw for the U17 AFCON is scheduled for next Wednesday, where Cameroon and Congo will join the other 10 qualified Nations in knowing their opponents.
The other 10 qualified Nations includes host Morocco, Algeria, senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Ivory coast, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia.
The 2021 U17 AFCON will take place in Morocco from March 13 to 31st. Players born 1 January 2004 or later are eligible to participate in the competition.