AFCON 2021: Super Eagles, Others Get New Dates

The Super Eagles of NigeriaVs Brazil. The team retains 31st position on FIFA ranking
Super Eagles Vs Brazil

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will not be played between June and July like the 2019 edition of the biennial football tournament, which was staged in Egypt.

This development, according to the Confederation of Africa Football, was at the instance of the host country, Cameroon.

CAF said the organisers had asked for the dates to be changed because of “the unfavourable weather conditions during the period initially scheduled”.

The tournament had been scheduled to take place in June and July.

But, following a meeting with representatives from the CAF, including the organisation’s president Ahmad Ahmad, the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) tweeted: “It (2021 Africa Cup of Nations) will be played in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February 2021. Date changed for weather reasons at Cameroon’s request.”

The raining season in Cameroon reaches its peak between June and July, hence, it was deemed wise that January will be most appropriate.

The new date of the tournament will now be from January 9 and February 6, 2021, in Cameroon, less than a year away.

One of the reasons why the AFCON was initially moved from January to June was because of the complaints by top European clubs that their African players are taken away in the thick of the season.

Cameroon was to host the 2019 edition but they were stripped of the rights due to lack of preparedness.

The competition, which was moved to Egypt, was won by Algeria, who beat Senegal 1-0 in the final.

The change in date will only affect the 2021 edition of the competition as it will be reverted back to the June format, which was introduced at the last edition in Egypt.

Nigeria is top of her AFCON 2021 qualifying group (Group L) with maximum points from two games after victories against Benin (2-1) and Lesotho (4-2).


Advertisement

PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...



BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.