IF word coming from a French publication — RMC Sport — is anything to go by, then next year’s edition of the Total Energy Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon between January and February will be cancelled due to the resurgent Covid-19 pandemic.
The publication claims the Confederation of African Football (Caf) are left with no choice but to cancel the tourney.
“What was still a reflection several weeks ago has become far more than a probability in recent days.
According to our information, Caf could announce a cancellation of this edition.
The reflection is in any case engaged.
“Several national coaches have echoed this possibility although no official decision has been announced to them.
Besides the organisational difficulties linked to Covid-19 and its new variant Omicron, Caf is faced with discontent from European clubs in general but English in particular who would like to be able to keep the players on British soil in the coming weeks.
“The African players called up should thus undergo a quarantine on their return to the United Kingdom, which would therefore deprive the clubs of their players for a longer period,” said the publication in its latest edition.
It will be the second time that the Afcon finals in Cameroon are cancelled after the tourney was scrapped earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Warriors are part of the 16 teams that qualified for the tourney.
Local referees were snubbed in a 64-member list of match officials selected for the event.