The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has finally opened up on the rumour of them postponing the 2022 AFCON tournament. CAF dismissed the rumours that next month’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) could be moved away from Cameroon following the recent discovery of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
CAF’s Director of Communications Alex Siewe Dismisses Moving AFCON
According to reports, the new variant has led to travel restrictions introduced by some countries for several African nations, with Nigeria, Cameroon and some other African countries included in the United Kingdom’s red list countries of the virus. In recent days, some media organisations have suggested the dates of the 24-team tournament could change, or even the location be moved, possibly to Qatar.
But CAF’s director of communications Alex Siewe came out and cleared the air over the rumour. He said neither his organisation nor leading Cameroon officials had discussed such events. H” e said: We can’t keep spending time dealing with rumours.” He also said: “We did not receive any other message or information from our leaders, nothing such as changing dates or countries. We did not discuss such during all our last meetings.” “We are on site. We are working.”
The AFCON tournament, which Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp belittled, was delayed because of the global pandemic before it will kick off on 9 January 2022 in Yaounde, with the final on 6 February. Staff from the CAF arrived in Cameroon this week to organise the AFCON finals.