By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
The African Nations Championship (CHAN) was one of the few competitions still on radar, with a 50/50 percent chance of being played or foiled but as of Wednesday, March 17, the local organising committee head Narcisse Mouelle Kombi and co, siting Covid-19 as the main hindrance, wrote for the postponement of the competition, which was later on the same day adhered by CAF.
The turn of events appeared to be faster than the blink of an eye. Earlier this month, CAF made it clear that it would go ahead with all her competitions, including the African Nations Championship.
On March 13, the center could no longer hold and the rapid increase of cases on the continent forced the hands of the African confederation of football to push forth AFCON 2021 qualifiers due to the fact that most internationals were abroad based, and it could have been absolutely chaotic if they returned to play with thousands set to attend the games.
Cameroon stood tall and the date of the African Nations Championship was however maintained and garnished by the letter of minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi on March 14, stating that Cameroon would keep her date having already sorted measures to keep the pandemic at bay.
Mister Mouelle Kombi’s letter to CAF was a star contrast to the figures and statistics of Cameroon’s Minister of public health, Manaouda Malachie who thought the situation wasn’t getting any better.
Following the cry of the entire population staring the evil they only heard about in foreign countries in the face, an extraordinary session was held by COCAN and a unanimous decision was made to push forth the date from initially the initially scheduled 4 – 25, April.
In a rapid response to Cameroon’s local organising committee, CAF subscribed to the idea to push the competition to a latter date yet to be communicated.
Before Cameroon and CAF took the decision on CHAN, other close collaborators like UEFA and CONMEBOL did earlier with the European championship and Copa America respectively due to the Corona virus.
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