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CAF SUSPENDS AFCON QUALIFIERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the suspension of qualifying matches for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers originally scheduled for the FIFA break at the end of this month and early April until further notice due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Early this week, CAF had insisted that its fixtures would go ahead as scheduled, but on Friday, the body issued a statement announcing the suspension.

The statement read: “As CAF’s top priority remains the health and safety of our stakeholders (players, officials, sponsors, broadcasters, employees, etc.), we have been monitoring closely, together with our medical committee, the impact of the current coronavirus crisis and accordingly:

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– Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by WHO
– In Africa, only a 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

“For the above reasons and after studying carefully the current situation, CAF has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled from 25 to 31 March.”

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