Africa Cup of Nations: Men's competition moved to 2022, women's tournament cancelled

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

Cameroon will get to stage the semi-finals and final of this year's African Champions League which will be played at a single venue in Douala, CAF's executive committee decided.

With two of the six qualifying rounds played, CAF deemed it possible given the current situation to have the remaining qualification phase and have the biennial tournament in January next year.

It was moved to odd-numbered years in 2013 - that year's tournament coming only a year after the previous one - to avoid such clashes, which risked disadvantaging African teams at the World Cup by giving them such an extended season of competition.

CAF's executive committee also announced that the 2020 CAF Awards ceremony will be cancelled. CHAN is a tournament that features only locally based players.

It has been confirmed that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon has officially been postponed to a later date.

The Cup of Nations were due to be held from January 9-Feb.

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.

However, the 2021 tournament's dates have already been moved once, with the original June-July 2021 dates brought forward to January due to the unfavourable climate in Cameroon during the summer months.

There was a boost for the women's game however with the launch of a new Women's Champions League for Africa in 2021.

"A meeting with the Organising Competitions for Youth Football and the Zonal Unions has been proposed to finalize the arrangements for the zonal qualifiers", the statement noted.

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