By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon
Following the same trend as sports organizers across the globe, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) until January 2021.
The 2020 CHAN was initially scheduled in Cameroon between April 4 and 25, 2020
CAF had suspended all their competitions since March due to the coronavirus outbreak with over 393,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa.
The decision announced on Tuesday, June 30 via a video conference by the CAF Executive Committee after due consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2021 came amid global fears from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CAF cited “health concerns” as the reason behind the postponement.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 30, 2020
The president of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad expresses satisfaction with Cameroon authorities for their commitment to host the tournament and also says Cameroon is ready to host the competition and are within schedule.
The CAF Executive Committee also held a meeting on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 via video-conference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on African football and other related issues like Africa Cup of Nations, AWCON, CAF Champions League, CAF Cup semi-finals and new competition women’s Champions League in 2021
The Cameroon national team qualified for the competition as host and The intermediate Lions are set to compete in Group A of the tournament, alongside Mali, Burkina Faso, and Zimbabwe.
Morocco remains the title-holder of the competition, having won the 2018 CHAN, held in Morocco.