Foot: the CHAN 2020 in January 2021 and the CAN female 2020 canceled
The Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, during the 2019 World Cup. Jean-Pierre Clatot / AFP
Text by: David Kalfa Follow
Apart from the postponement to the beginning of 2022 of the next African Men's Cup of Nations (CAN 2021) scheduled for January-February in Cameroon, the African Football Confederation (CAF) has decided that the African Nations Championship will be played in early 2021 As for the CAN Women 2020, it has been canceled.
There is always a victim in history and that of June 30, 2020 is indeed the next African Cup of Nations for women (CAN 2020). The CAN 2020 ladies was indeed purely and simply canceled by the Executive Committee (ComEx) of the African Football Confederation (CAF), while the two main male competitions of the continent, planned in Cameroon, have been postponed: the CHAN 2020 will take place in January-February 2021 and CAN 2021 in January 2022.
The CAF ComEx has however combined its decision to create a Champions League for women's clubs by 2021. A choice that may not be enough to pass the pill while this 2020 edition of CAN announced that it was ambitious with 12 teams instead of 8. But the withdrawal of Congo-Brazzaville in July 2019 and qualifications stalled because of the Covid-19 pandemic seriously threatened the holding of this tournament.
The CHAN 2020 and then?
The Men's African Nations Championship will see its sixth edition. It will therefore be in place of CAN 2021. The now ex-CHAN 2020 will therefore serve, as planned, as a test in Cameroon before hosting the next men's CAN.
Not sure, however, that the competition will experience a seventh normal edition. Will the CHAN 2022, entrusted to Algeria, survive a year overloaded by CAN in Cameroon and a Pan-Arab Nations Cup recently approved by FIFA?
The 2019-2020 African Club Cups will end
On the other hand, no surprise to expect concerning the African cups of clubs 2019-2020. In line with the decisions taken by other sports leagues, CAF opted for the ends of the Champions League (C1) and the Confederation Cup in the form of "Final Four" behind closed doors. The C1 will end in Douala, without spectators, with unique semi-finals. As for C2, same system, but in Morocco.
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