Africa Cup of Nations: Delayed tournament continue as planned next month,

The rescheduled Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) continues as planned next month in cameroon, says Confederation of Patrice Motsepe, President of African Football (CAF).

A meeting was held between Motsepe and Cameroonian President Paul Biya amid concerns over the threat of outbreaks of coronavirus due to the Omicron variant.

Africas football showpiece, usually held every two years, would be played last summer was only postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

air sports shall broadcast live coverage of the 24-team tournament between January 9 and February 6.

“I will be here” on January 7th and I’m coming to see football’ said Motsepe on Tuesday.

“I’m coming to see on January 9 (the opening match between) Cameroon against Burkina Faso. sick also in be around to see when the trophy is handed over over.”

Earlier this month, the European Club Association expressed its “deep concern” over the question of players would be safe with the tournament amid rising fallen of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Motsepe previously confirmed strict testing measures for players and staff and added on Tuesday that spectators would need nasty show proof of negative PCR tests.

“We must always identify ourselves” problems and challenges, and don’t shy away from them. We have to have the confidence and belief that we can overcome them,” he said.

“Without (negative) PCR, nobody becomes the stadium in” test. We will have to protect the fans die there are. Of course there will be concerns over fake tests die do the rounds, but we have to deal with die issues.

“We must have faith and faith in ourselves as Africans. And we have to trust in that we can organize a very successful Nations Cup in Cameroon.”

Cameroon was originally hosted of the finals of 2019 but the tournament was switched to Egypt when CAF found the Central African country was not yet ready.

The following tournament is the 33rd edition of AFCON, that was won by Algeria in 2019.

AFCON-trekking .

group A: Cameroon (hosts), Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Ethiopia

Group B: Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Group C: Comoros, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco

Group D: Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Sudan

Group E: Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone

Group F: Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia

Tournament format .

AFCON kicks off on January 9 and the group stages finish on January 20.

The round of 16 takes place from January 23 to January 26, while the quarter-finals are on January 29 and 30.

It is a busy schedule with the semi-final on February 2 and 3, and the conclusion of the tournament on February 6 with the final and the third-place play-off.

Important data

  • January 9 – AFCON group phase begins
  • January 20 – AFCON group phase ends
  • January 23 to 26 – AFCON last 16
  • January 29 and 30 – AFCON quarter-final
  • February 2 and 3 – AFCON semi-final
  • February 6 – AFCON final and third-place play-off

AFCON: Which one? players could be missing for PL games?

Fifteen Premier League clubs are set be influenced by the Africa Cup of countries in January and February. Who are they? And which players could be missing?

The Africa Cup of Nations will run from January 9 to February 6, with 40 Eredivisie players may receive a call up for duty for the tournament in Cameroon.

the ones die to be called up to AFCON could at least miss one Eredivisie round (weekend of January 15/16), the FA Cup third round (weekend of January 8) and the Carabao Cup semi-final (w/c January 3 and January 10) in the best-case scenario.

However, depending on on when clubs their players, and how fit they are on yield, in the worst case, players can miss four Premier League rounds, both Carabao Cup semi-final and both the FA Cup third and fourth rounds.

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