After serious deliberations and discussions in Qatar, the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations 2021 to take place from the 9th of January to February 6th 2022 will go on as planned, Mysoccer24.com can report.
A high delegation meeting was held in Qatar on Sunday between the CAF executive committee and FIFA President to decide the fate of the competition.
The Africa Jamboree has faced so much criticism in the past week due to the resurgence of the covid19 pandemic and other circumstances
The tournament was scheduled to take place last year before being postponed because of the pandemic, and reports circulated on Wednesday that it could once more be postponed. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) had refused to succumb to the wishes of FIFA’s boss Gianni Infantino who proposed another postponement of the event, coupled with pressure from the European Club Association (ECA) that proposes a pure cancellation of the event. CAF’s head of media relations, Lux September made it clear when he said: “Afcon will be staged in Cameroon on the 9th of January 2022. This is alpha. And omega.”
Following the outbreak of the new coronavirus variant Omicron, the European Football Association (ECA) threatened not to release its African players for the tournament.
The Exco of African soccer governing body voted to have the tournament go ahead while World soccer governing body FIFA wanted it shifted to 2023.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that the competition should go on and start on the 9th of January as planned.