the boss of African football ensures that the African Cup of Nations will take place in January

The African Cup of Nations, postponed by a year to 2021, is scheduled from January 9 to February 6, 2022, in Cameroon.

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« On January 9, I will come to see (the opening match) between Cameroon and Burkina Faso ». After his meeting with Paul Biya, the Cameroonian Head of State, the President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, was more than optimistic about the upcoming holding of the African Cup of Nations, Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

Scheduled from January 9 to February 6 after being postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the CAN should therefore stand on the scheduled date in Cameroon, despite insistent rumors of postponement or cancellation due to the Covid- 19.

The variant « Omicron is a huge challenge », however underlined Patrice Motsepe, who assured that « no one will be admitted to the stadiums without a PCR test », while the organizers had already announced the obligation of vaccine and test to access the stadiums.

The president of CAF was next to the new president of the Cameroonian Football Federation, the former international of the Indomitable Lions, Samuel Eto’o. « I will also be there when the trophy is handed over by Eto’o », at the end of the competition, continued Motsepe.

Last week, the European Association of Clubs (ECA) threatened not to release international players for the CAN, worrying about the health protocol of the event against the backdrop of a pandemic. In response, the government and CAF unveiled the health framework of the event on Thursday.

But the ECA pointed out above all the risk of an absence of internationals longer than the period of availability provided for, due to the « quarantines and movement restrictions » linked in particular to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.


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