CAF switches AFCON 2021 dates half a year earlier


The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will run from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6 in Cameroon instead of June to July as originally scheduled, a senior official of Confederation of African Football (CAF) disclosed Wednesday.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad told reporters in capital Yaounde, after holding a meeting with the Cameroon government and sports authorities, that the schedule was changed due to unfavorable climatic conditions in Cameroon in the months of June and July.

“We always need to be flexible on the dates of the competition. We agreed that it is not possible to host the competition in Cameroon in June because the climate then is not good for football,” he said.

Cameroon lost the 2019 AFCON bid over “inadequate infrastructure and pressing security concerns”, but Ahmad said he was now impressed with the “remarkable progress of work in the different construction sites” for the competition. Enditem

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