Initially moved from April 4 2020 to January 16 2021 by CAF, due to the advent of Covid19, the Opener of the African Nations Championship might still slip, this time, because one of the two teams involved in the tourney’s kickoff (Zimbabwe), has recorded a new Covid19 low.
The Zimbabwe Communications and Competitions manager made a release to this effect on Wednesday, December 30. It reads;
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation at large that nine (9) players who are part of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) provisional squad have tested positive to the covid19.
In adherence to our covid19 medical protocols, all players and members of the technical team were tested on Monday (28 December 2020) upon their return from festive break and the nine were ruled to have tested positive.
All the affected players have been notified and quarantined with World Health Organization dictates. The players have equally been advised to inform their families and contacts.
The Zimbabwe Football Association has also informed the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Sports and Recreational Commission (SRC) and the city health department of the further guidance.
Meanwhile ZIFA has temporarily suspended all training sessions for the CHAN team pending consultation with other stakeholders, but the team remains in camp until further notice.
If it is not contained before the Competition’s opener, it would be near impossible that the game pitting Cameroon against Zimbabwe holds.