By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, kick442.Com-Cameroon
The Confederation of African Football, CAF has agreed to go ahead with the organization of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament as originally planned for early next year.
The Executive Committee members of the organ came to the much awaited decision after holding a virtual meeting on Wednesday December 22, 2021 chaired by CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe who coordinated discussions from Doha, Qatar.
Despite threats and persistent calls for the postponement of the Pan African football jamboree, the committees chose to respect the original schedule of the competition as programmed for January and February 2022.
The meeting which was attended by over 15 CAF Exco members including Sierra Leonean born football administrator and FIFA Council member, Isha Johansen and the president of the South African Football Association-SAFA, Danny Jordaan, came to put a final nail on rumors, speculations and fears on the future of the forthcoming tournament.
The online gathering comes after days of turbulent period of uncertainty surrounding the future of the forthcoming football gathering in Cameroon.
These, after European Club Associations last week, demanded the exclusion of their African players from the competition, with world football governing body, FIFA also pushing for a possible postponement of the event due what the structures blame on Covid-19 complications and the effect of the holding of the AFCON in January and February on European clubs and leagues.
Wednesday’s meeting is the second of such gatherings in barely days after CAF Executive Committee members, last Sunday, disregarded calls for the postponement and voted for the holding of the tournament as planned.
CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe on Tuesday December 21, also met with Cameroon’s Head of State, President Paul Biya and at the end of his chart with the Cameroonian leader, reassured Cameroonian and African football fans the AFCON will go as planned.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament takes place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022 with 24 nations competing in the second extended version of the Pan-African football festival to replace current holders, Algeria as champions.
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