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CAF Undecided over the Scheduling for Major Competitions.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is undecided over scheduling for Major Competitions as there is uncertainty concerning the resumption of CAF Competitions amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

With the AFCON 2021 date still in tact, according to the body’s competitions director Samson Adamu, other competitions like the African Women’s nations cup, the African nations championship CHAN plus club competitions still remain uncertain.

One of such competitions at risk is the women’s African cup of nations. 

The expanded 12-team tournament was originally scheduled to kick off in November this year but so far, not one of the 36 entered teams have played the qualifiers couple with the fact that CAF is still to have a host for the tournament after Congo originally withdrew their bid.

The African nations championship (CHAN).

The African nations championship CHAN which was to take place in April but was postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

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Uncertainty surrounds the competition as the host country Cameroon is now ranked the sixth worst coronavirus hit countries in Africa with over 10000 cases.

The 2022 FIFA world cup qualifiers. 

Another competition at risk is the 2022 FIFA world cup qualifiers which was to start in September this year but with the AFCON 2021 qualifiers still far from over, the 2022 world cup qualifiers might be pushed forward.

CAF club Competitions. 

The CAF club competitions are the only competitions that have received recommendation resumption dates.

The CAF Competition committee last week recommended dates for the resumption of the semifinals of the CAF Champions league and the CAF Confederation Cup.

CAF Champions league/ Confederation Cup semifinals recommended dates: 1st leg (4,5&6 September)

Second leg (11, 12 &13 September)

CAF Champions league final dates: 25th September while CAF Confederation Cup 23rd September 2020.

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African Nations gear up as International Football resumes in October.

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CAF member states prepare for the resumption of international football in the continent next month.

Football in the continent,  has been halted for over six months due to the effects of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in March this year.

With many borders through out the continent still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,   teams in the continent are heading to Europe for next month’s international matches.

Cameroon are traveling to the Netherlands,  Guinea to Portugal, while the Ivory coast,  Nigeria and Tunisia head to Austria,  where it is easier for them to assembly their squads because most of their players are Europe based players.

Cameroon’s Indomitable lions

It should be noted that, the next FIFA window for international football,  from October 5-13, is the first opportunity for African national teams to play since last November.

FIFA however,  had cancelled the September window for all confiderations but for UEFA  due to the uncertainty over travels around the continent caused CAF to back the resumption of international football in November.

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Next month’s window will see most CAF Member States to play series of friendly matches  in preparation for both the AFCON and world cup qualifiers.

Nigeria have arranged friendlies against the Ivory coast and Tunisia on October 9 and October 13 in Austria,  while five time champions of Africa,  Cameroon will have a friendly against Japan in Utrecht,  after which they will stay in a training camp in the Netherlands for a few more days.

Indomitable Lions coach Antonio Conceicao, this week published a preliminary list of 32 players for the match and camping.

Guinea on their part, will play cape Verde islands on October 10 while the DR Congo travel to Morocco for a training camp and a behind-closed doors international match against their host in Rabat on October 13.

Senegal are also to play Morocco in Rabat on October 9 while the current African champions Algeria are yet to announce their plans but reports say they will also go to Austria.

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Down to the southern hemisphere,  south Africa are trying to organize two friendly matches at home next month against neighboring countries but have yet to finalize arrangements as they await for a possible reopening of their borders in the coming weeks.

 

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CAF President, Ahmad congratulates Ghana’ s President Nana Akufo Addo on his appointment as Chairman of ECOWAS.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) boss Ahmad has extended his words of congratulations to the Ghana president,  H. E. Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo, on his new appointment as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

President Ahmad’s words were more diplomatic, as this was contained in a letter addressed to the Ghana president on September 14, 2020.

H. E Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo.

“It is my pleasure to extend my congratulations to you on your appointment as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). On behalf of the Executive committee of CAF and personally,  I wish you every success in your endeavors. I am certain that during your chairmanship, ECOWAS will maintain and accelerate its constructive and sympathetic contribution to African Football.  As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I wish to assure you and the people of West Africa of CAF’s continued support and friendship.  I am certain that during your presidency,  ECOWAS will maintain and accelerate its constructive contribution to African Football.  Kindly accept, Mr. President, once again my warm congratulations on your appointment and my best wishes as you prepare to take up thr responsibilities,  and challenges of your new office” the letter read.

President Nana Akufo Addo was elected as the new chairman of ECOWAS on September 8, 2020 at the 57 th summit of the regional bloc held in Niamey, Niger.

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He replaces Nigerian born Muhamadou Issoufour who held the position for one year.

Source: sportsworldghana.com

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CAMEROON Indomitable Lions: The list of 32 players preselected by Antonio Conceiçao Olivera

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Cameroon’s indomitable lion’s gaffer Antonio Conceiçao Olivera, has released through Facebook a list of 32 preselected players for two International friendlies that will take place during the October 2020 FIFA window.

The indomitable lions have 2 big challenges ahead as they face Africa’s reigning champions Algeria and Asian dragons Japan in what will be the first Post COVID-19 matches.

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