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CAF Fixes Date For Next Africa Cup Of Nations In Cameroon

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The Africa Cup of Nations match can be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 subsequent 12 months, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed on Thursday.

A digital government committee assembly chaired by just lately elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa additionally determined {that a} draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six teams can be held on June 25.

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe have certified.

The remaining place rests between Benin and Sierra Leone, whose fixture in Freetown this week didn’t happen as a result of the guests challenged Covid-19 outcomes after 5 of their key gamers examined optimistic.

A CAF assertion mentioned the match had been rearranged for the May 31-June 15 worldwide window, following which Sierra Leone launched an enchantment in opposition to that call.

The Sierra Leone Football Association mentioned the enchantment was based mostly on the “failure (of Benin) to report for a match and/or refusal to play”.

Sierra Leone path Benin by three factors in Group L and should win to interchange them within the second qualifying place and go to the Cup of Nations for the primary time since 1996.

Pre-match Covid-19 exams are at present carried out in CAF competitions by the host nationwide workforce or membership and there have been quite a few allegations of false optimistic outcomes depriving opponents of stars.

The CAF assembly acknowledged that having hosts in control of testing was problematic and is planning, with World Health Organization (WHO) help, to make use of impartial medical employees as an alternative.

Concern was additionally expressed by the manager on the degradation of soccer infrastructure in lots of African nations, highlighting a long-standing downside of poor stadium upkeep.


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