The African Cup of Nations is currently scheduled for January 2021, but contingency plans have 2022 penciled in as an alternative.
The global coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with football schedules all over the world, and the African Cup of Nations is no exception.
Only in the last couple of weeks have games started to resume in various countries, all be it behind closed doors.
Domestic and continental club tournaments will likely see delayed starts to the 2020/21 season with the current campaign not expected to be concluded until August.
The African Cup of Nations is scheduled to take place in January of next year.
However, with certain qualifying games still unplayed and coronavirus still far from under control globally while the African football Federation is optimistic they are still preparing a contingency plan for a one-year dealy.
Caf Secretary General Abdelmounaim Bah told Radio Sport Info:
“International matches will be difficult to be held because of the travel factor.”
“If we cannot make up for the Afcon 2021 qualifiers in October and November, we will have to think of another plan.”
“But today the longer the crisis lasts, the more this scenario deserves to be thought about. Afcon next January, however, remains our number one priority.”
“January 2022 remains the second option for Afcon 2022…As everyone knows, playing in June/July in Cameroon is difficult because of the weather conditions.”
“In June/July 2021 there is already a lot of competition with the Euros and the Copa America.”
“So the best time to postpone the Afcon would be January 2022. But all that I repeat, these are alternatives because our priority for the Afcon is to play in January 2021.”
While perhaps not containing the most famous footballing nations in the world, Africa still produces some amazing players.
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to see the likes Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in international action.