President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Dr. Ahmad Ahmad has expounded on reasons for postponing the AFCON tournament from 2021 to 2022.
The continent's football governing body on Tuesday announced that the Africa Cup of Nations which was scheduled to come off in 2021 has been postponed to 2022.
In his interview on Radio Foot Africa, Ahmed Ahmed highlighted on the need for fans to be at the stadium.
“The Africa Cup of Nations for Nations is not just a ball party Al-Qadam, it is also a great African festival, so we did not want to risk organizing it in empty stadiums, especially with the increase in cases of infection with coronavirus day after day unlike the rest of the continents of the world."
He continued, "Postponing the nations of Africa 2021 to January 2022, due to the coronavirus, which prevented us from organizing and explained: The qualifiers for this competition, there are four playoffs remaining."
"After discussing this with all stakeholders in African football, as well as the Cameroonian authorities, we met to take this decision and thus preserve the African Cup of Nations."