CAF confirm AFCON, CL changes

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have confirmed the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and major changes for the current Champions League and Confederation Cup campaigns.

In the online CAF executive committee meeting on Tuesday, the leaders of the continent came to the decision for drastic changes in response to the coronavirus crisis on the continent.

Starting with AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, President Ahmad Ahmad confirmed the tournament will be moved to January 2022, while the African Nations Championship (CHAN) will be played out in January 2021.

"The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule," Ahmad said.

For the club commitment in relation to the African Champions League and Confederation Cup, the semi-finals will no longer be contested over two-legs for home and away fixtures.

Raja Casablanca, Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly and Zamalek will contest for a place in the final of the continent's elite club competition in September, while the Confederation Cup will be hosted in Morocco.

Women's game also affected

The 2020 Women's AFCON has also been scrapped this year by the CAF decision-makers in favour of the launch of the Women's Champions League in 2021.

CAF revealed that dates of the proposed changes of events will be announced in due course while the annual awards ceremony for the 2020 edition has been cancelled but Pickalbatros Group will continue their sponsorship commitment.