African football date-juggling looms amid Coronavirus pandemic


After two-leg semi-finals in the rivalries between May 1 and 10, the Champions League last is set for May 29 in Douala, five days after Rabat has the Confederation Cup title decider.

Be that as it may, the delay of the two rivalries appears to be inescapable as the full effect of the COVID-19 infection has still to be felt in the landmass with the most delicate general wellbeing frameworks.

Effectively, two rounds of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the African Nations Championship in Cameroon have been delayed because of the executioner COVID-19 sickness.

Here, AFP Sport considers the date-shuffling alternatives in the significant African national group and club rivalries:

World Cup

– Home and away fundamental round ties last September diminished the quantity of contenders from 54 to 40 for five spots at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Next comes 10 six-matchday bunches between October 5, 2020, and October 12, 2021, with the table-toppers combined in five two-leg confrontations to choose who speaks to Africa.

Gathering dates this October and November may need to oblige postponed 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers rather, however there are adequate universal windows one year from now to get up to speed.

Africa Cup of Nations

– Qualifiers for the 24-country competition in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 2021 have fallen two adjusts behind after apparatuses planned during the current month were dropped.

It is difficult to envision the single round set for June 1-9 occurring and there must likewise be questions about matches got ready for August 31-September 8.

CAF will trust they can organize twofold matchdays between October 5-13 and November 9-17 – dates right now allotted to World Cup bunch games – and complete qualifying.

African Nations Championship

– The April 4-25 competition in Cameroon, which is confined to footballers playing in their nation of birth, has been deferred due to the coronavirus.

With no remote based stars included, the competition doesn’t need to fit into a FIFA universal window, making adaptability with regards to finding new dates.

Aside from the football, the Nations Championship offers Cameroon a chance to test whether they are prepared for a considerably more requesting task – organizing the 2021 Cup of Nations.

CAF Champions League

– The semi-finals pit Casablanca clubs Raja and Wydad against Cairo outfits Zamalek and Al Ahly individually, raising the chance of a first last between clubs from a similar nation.

While a May 29 end appears to be improbable, the matches can be arranged until September 6, with the last-32 first legs of the 2020/2021 season booked to commence five days after the fact.

The opposition could likewise be abbreviated by transforming the semi-finals into single matches in Douala, the Cameroon port city picked to have the last.

CAF Confederation Cup

– The semi-finals in what could be compared to the UEFA Europa League will see Pyramids of Egypt meet Horoya of Guinea and Renaissance Berkane face individual Moroccans Hassania Agadir.

Like the Champions League, the semi-finals are expected to be home-and-away undertakings, trailed by a solitary match last in Rabat, giving Berkane or Agadir an unmistakable favorable position.

CAF will probably look for new dates, and potentially lessen the semi-finals to single matches, among June and September 6, five days before the 2000/2021 season gets into full swing.