By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam – AIPS Media
LAUSANNE, March 18, 2020 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the postponement of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This decision was taken by the CAF Emergency Committee following an increasing number of cases on the continent. At least 30 African nations have reported cases of coronavirus so far, including over half of the 16 teams that were set to participate in the tournament reserved exclusively for African players based in their own leagues.
A Medical Committee recently visited the host nation Cameroon and came up with its recommendation, which the Emergency Committee adhered to. Two key factors led to the decision to postpone the tournament:
– The coronavirus crisis has “not yet stabilized” in Africa and it is difficult to predict how the situation will unfold in the coming days.
– The travel restrictions implemented by different governments have made travelling across the continent more difficult and complicated.
The CHAN tournament was going to take place from 4- 25 April 2020. The CAF General Assembly, which was also scheduled for Cameroon next month was also postponed indefinitely – it was to be held on 24 April.
CAF recently postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place later this month.