By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
As speculations engulf the future of the 2021 AFCON tournament in Cameroon, with chances of a postponement increasing with every passing day, the head coach of the Gambia national selection, Tom Sainfiet has proposed a strange solution to the technical committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
The experienced Belgian gaffer has told TV3 that he is of the opinion that; if lack of ample time to complete the remaining four qualifiers games is part of the reason to postpone the 20121 AFCON, then the group standings should be adopted as it stands, to ensure the competition goes on as planned.
“The first two nations at the top of each group currently can be considered the group winners. This is possible especially because all national teams have played two games. This may seem strange, ” the erstwhile Hawks of Togo boss admitted.
The former warriors of Zimbabwe gaffer referred to the 2019-2020 football season at club level in Africa and in Europe where the same solution was adopted with some of the leagues.
“This is happening everywhere now. Different domestic championships in Africa and beyond have been abandoned and the leagues standings adopted to obtain the Champions League, the Confederation cup and Europa league representatives. The same thing can be done with the 2021 AFCON.”
Some may say the ex-brave warriors of Namibia coach is suggesting this option because his team leads group D though tied on four points with Gabon after two games, but realistically, the same has been done with national championships and the national representatives forwarded to CAF without much objection.
The fine football brain with 23-years of managerial experience also suggests the qualifiers could be extended till March next year 2021 and the competition proper takes place in the summer.
“The competition is scheduled for January-February. If we cannot finish the playoffs by the end of the year, we can still play the remaining qualifiers games in March and schedule the competition in June 2021. Of course everything will depend on the health situation in Cameroon” The ex-Ethiopia national coach stated.
It is indeed a complicated period for the Confederation of African Football, CAF and the world Football at large. So far CAF has postponed the 2020 African Nations Championship, CHAN competition, the CAF Champions League finals amongst other events including two rounds of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers that were scheduled for the month of March.
The president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad has been very vocal on the subject of recent amplifying the fact that the African Football governing body is yet to deliver its verdict on the subject and won’t do so without the views of stakeholders.
Football is going through an unprecedented dolour imposed by the global Coronavirus rife.
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