Confederation of African Football, CAF, has postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches because of the increase spread of Coronavirus around the continent.
The apex African football body said its decision was based on the concern for the health and safety of players, match officials, journalists and its sponsors. Matches postponed were supposed to take pace between March 21-March 25 2020.
In a press statement issued by CAF on Friday evening, the football ruling body said; “Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by WHO. In Africa, only few cases have been reported, but the situation could evolve negatively. Several players, who are supposed to play the next Afcon qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus (Europe, Asia),”
“Several African governments have taken strong restrictions on travels; lock down, quarantine for people coming from countries affected by the virus. Several clubs refuse now to release their players for the next international matches.’
In the wake of Coronavirus being declared as global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), many sporting activities have also been cancelled or postponed around the world. Below is a list of major sport cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak:
Premier League shuts down until 4 April, Football League until 3 April.
Women’s Super League, Scottish football and major European leagues also suspended.
The Masters golf tournament at Augusta postponed.
Wales v Scotland Six Nations match called off on eve of match.
England cricket tour of Sri Lanka abandoned, IPL pushed back