By Matthew Roscoe • 15 December 2021 • 12:24
BREAKING NEWS – The African Cup of Nation (AFCON) is in doubt – with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) currently discussing the possibility of cancelling next month’s event in Cameroon.
According to French news outlet, RMC Sports, on Wednesday, December 15, the event, which is scheduled for Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022, could be cancelled due to COVID.
Next month’s AFCON is due to be the tournament that was postponed from last year because of the pandemic.
Several national coaches have expressed their concern about the tournament taking place as well as several prominent managers in the English Premier League expressing their desire to keep their players on British soil.
Apparently, the European Club Association (ECA) have written to CAF informing them there is ‘no intention’ to release African players for the four-week period, while CAF has moved to quell reports — insisting that AFCON will happen.
The African players called up by their country would have to undergo a quarantine period on their return to the United Kingdom, which would therefore deprive the clubs of their players for a longer period – plus the UK is currently affected by a significant wave of Covid cases.
The African continent is also currently being hit hard by the pandemic.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, December 14, cases in Africa were up 83 per cent in the past week, with the Delta and Omicron variants said to be the main reason for the increase. Although deaths from the virus remain low.
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