The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided Tuesday to postpone the African Cup of Nations for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The CAN will be played in January and February 2022 in Cameroon.
The next African Cup of Nations will not take place in 2021: it has been postponed for a year by CAF, which met Tuesday 30 June in the morning by videoconference. The competition will therefore take place in Cameroon, as planned, but in January and February 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic, logistical and calendar problems linked to the health context.
Four qualifying games for the next CAN remained to be played, while the international calendar - Covid-19 requires - only offers two available slots, in October and November.
The African football body had planned to postpone its flagship competition by only six months, to play it in June and July 2021. But the CAN would then have suffered from media competition from another continental competition, the Euro, already shifted to this same summer. CAF therefore preferred to postpone the festivities for another six months.
The African Nations Championship (CAN equivalent for local players) will be held in January 2021, during the period initially planned for the CAN. CAF has also decided to cancel the CAN Women 2020. It has already had no host country since the withdrawal from Congo-Brazzaville in 2019. CAN 2020 will be replaced by the creation of a Champions League African female.