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AFCON 2021 dates remain unaffected by coronavirus

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The Confederation of African Football has confirmed that they do not intend to reschedule the upcoming African Cup of Nations for now.

Abdelmounaim Bah, the acting general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), is convinced that the qualifiers for the 2021 African Cup of Nations can still be completed over the remaining international windows this season.

Claiming more than 20,000 lives around the world so far, the widespread of coronavirus has put football activities to a halt.

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Games followed suit of the Europan Championship and Copa America and became the latest major sporting event to be postponed until the next year.

But the AFCON 2021, scheduled to be held in Cameroon, will have no change in plans unless the situation further deteriorates.

“For now, the Africa Cup of Nations is still scheduled for January to February 2021,” Bah told Goal.

“The only reason we would shift Afcon would be a situation that continues into the year 2020. And if this current crisis does not allow us to play all the qualification matches.

“We still have four qualifying days to play and we can play them in two international windows. We have four at our disposal: June, September, October, November. At this point, anything is possible.”