By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
The dates for the 2021 AFCON tournament to take place depends on when the CoronaVirus pandemic situation is under control, kick442.com can report.
President Ahmad Ahmad of the Confederation of African Football, has told German media Deutsche Welle that the decision to maintain the current date for the 2021 AFCON or adopt a new one will not be an autonomous CAF decision.
The Malagasy on a revolution mission at the helm of the most powerful football institution on the continent has once again stressed on the need for an all-inclusive CAF as it has been in his era.
Quizzed on the situation of the 2021 AFCON tournament given at least four matchdays of the qualifiers [Games that had to be played in the month of March and June] are sure to be distorted, Ahmad sounded unperturbed stressing it will be a collective decision.
“From the beginning of my mandate, CAF has adopted this inclusive approach; we will not change it in the present situation. Our working methodology remains the
same” the president opined.
CAF’s recent comunique commissioning national federations to inform her on the state of national championships and the decision to collaborate with the CHAN 2020 local organizing committee before announcing the postponement of the 2020 CHAN competition are examples of president Ahmad’s inclusive approach.
The CAF boss is cognizant of the fact that a decision can only be made after the world finds out the CoronaVirus pandemic but also insist it won’t be an only-CAF decision.
“After this situation, I believe all stakeholders in the organization of these competitions will be able to meet to discuss and find common grounds. So that, together we can find a way to resume competitions including the AFCON,” president Ahmad concluded.
The 32 nations 2021 AFCON tournament was initially scheduled to take place in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2021 but that seems difficult to respect as CAF has postponed a handful of competitions since the outbreak of the CoronaVirus pandemic in Africa earlier this year.
The tournament’s all-time top scorer, Samuel Eto’o has joined 2002 player of the tournament, El Hadj Diouf and 2017 winner Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui to call for postponement while Cameroon’s lead scorer in the 2019 competition Stephane Bahoken has expressed his desire to see the 2021 AFCON take place as planned.
The president’s declaration indicates the decision to maintain or change the scheduled date of the event depends on evolution of the CoronaVirus pandemic on the continent and what stakeholders will opt for after the pandemic.
Latest information we are gathering have it that there is 90% chance the competition may not go on as planned.
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