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2021 Africa Cup of Nations changed to January due to unfavourable weather

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The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will begin on 9 January after its dates were moved, has Cameroon have declared.

The competition was booked to occur in June and July however was changed on account of the “ominous” climate in the nation at that season.

It implies various Premier League clubs could be without first-cooperative individuals at a vital phase of the period.

The 2019 competition in Egypt was the first to be held in the mid year.

Prior to that, the Cup of Nations had been held in January and February, conflicting with the European local season.

June and July in Cameroon are during the nation’s blustery season.

The change back to a January start implies that the competition won’t conflict with the extended Club World Cup, being held in China in June 2021.

Following a gathering on Wednesday with agents from the Confederation of African Football (Caf), including president 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 climate reasons at Cameroon’s solicitation.”

Caf’s appointee general secretary Tony Baffoe stated: “We have assessed the time of the challenge as mentioned by the Cameroonian party because of negative climatic conditions during the period at first scheduled.

“In the wake of tuning in to the different contentions and perspectives – and specifically from the Cameroonian meteorological specialists, the mentors and players – the agents of the Afcon sorting out advisory group, which got the command from Caf Executive Committee to take the choice, has conceded this solicitation.

“A definite detailed will be introduced to the individuals from the Executive Committee during its next session on 6 February.”

Cameroon had been booked to have the 2019 Cup of Nations, however were deprived of that respect in November 2018. At the time, Caf said the choice had been gained as a result of postponements in the ground of Cameroon’s arrangements.

After a month, Caf declared that Cameroon had consented to have the 2021 release.

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AFCON 2022 : Nigeria and Egypt on the same group D

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Algeria, defending champion of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), will face Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast, in the clash of Group E of the 2022 edition (January 9-February 6), according to the draw made in Yaoundé on Tuesday. Cameroon, host country of the competition and second most titled nation in Africa with five trophies, will face in the opening match Burkina Faso on January 9 in Yaoundé, then Ethiopia and Cape Verde.

Egypt, seven-time winners of the CAN, will face Nigeria in Group D in another highly anticipated first round match. Sudan and Guinea Bissau will accompany both teams.

The Algerian Fennecs, led by Riyad Mahrez and undefeated in 27 games, are favourites for a third title. The first, second and best four thirds in each group will advance to the round of 16.

Senegal, another contender for the final victory, with its star Sadio Mané, inherited group B with Malawi, Guinea and Zimbabwe. Ghana and Morocco will start as favorites in Group C against the Panthers of Gabon and Comoros.

Finally, in group F, Tunisia and Mali, two outsiders of this CAN, will face Gambia and Mauritania.

The competition in Cameroon, initially scheduled for 2021, was postponed to January-February 2022 because of the pandemic.

Below is the full composition of the groups.

Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde

Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi

Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon

Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau

Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast

Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia

The top two finishers in each group as well as the four best third-place finishers qualify for the round of 16.

Match for the third place will take place on Sunday, February 6 in Yaoundé while the f inal will hold on Sunday, February 6 in Yaoundé.

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CAF has deferred the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw

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Africa’s football overseeing body CAF has deferred the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw.

This was reported in a proclamation delivered on CAF’s true site on Sunday.

The draw was planned for June 25 in Yaounde, the capital city of the competition’s host country.

Be that as it may, on Sunday, CAF said the deferment was because of “strategic reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic” and another date would be reported at the appointed time.

“In line with CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has consented to defer the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 last draw for strategic reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The draw was at first booked for 25 June 2021 and another date will be declared at the appropriate time.

“CAF keeps on cooperating with its accomplices, the Cameroon government and the LOC with the goal of making theTotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a fruitful occasion and an incredible festival of African football.”

It woule be reviewed that the 2021 AFCON has effectively been returned a year due to the pandemic.

CAF a month ago delayed the resumption of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which had been booked for the initial a long time of June, accusing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The gathering period of African qualifiers for the World Cup is presently because of start in September.

The Super Eagles will be one of the 24 nations that will take part at the following year’s AFCON.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has reported the deferment of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations attract because of ‘strategic relations identified with the Covid’.

Following the finish of the capability round in March with 24 nations affirmed for the following year’s competition in Cameroon, the gathering stage draw was first made arrangements for June 25 in the host country.

Notwithstanding, qualified groups will presently need to trust that another date will know their destiny in the rivalry after the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee acknowledged Caf’s solicitation for rescheduling.

“In line with Caf, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has consented to delay the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 last draw for calculated reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the assertion read on Caf’s site.

The draw was at first booked for 25 June 2021 and another date will be reported at the appointed time.

“Caf keeps on cooperating with its accomplices, the Cameroon government and the LOC with the goal of making the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a fruitful occasion and an incredible festival of African football.”

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations will start from January 9 to February 6 with six arenas set to have the games across five urban communities in Cameroon.

The biennial contest has been moved multiple times before Caf chose to hold it in January 2022 as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Cameroon were at first reserved to have the contest among June and July in 2021 however it was subsequently changed to the January/February space two years prior on account of climatic conditions.

Simply a month ago, the African football overseeing body again deferred the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers from this month to September because of ‘challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic’.

Algeria are the prevailing African heroes after they crushed Senegal 1-0 in the 2019 Afcon last in Egypt.

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Super Eagle Teslim Balogun Stadium Training Camp Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Lesotho Clash

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The Super Eagles will hold their last exercise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Monday evening, beginning from 1800 hours.

Their last instructional meeting which will be administered by director Gernot Rohr is available to the media for just the initial fifteen minutes, at that point everybody will be compelled to leave the arena.

No columnist will be permitted into the arena when the Lesotho public group have a vibe of the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf because of COVID-19 conventions set up.

Besides, there will be no authority pre-match public interview because of the Covid pandemic.

The Super Eagles players and authorities were up toward the end of last night since they had to go to an occasion out of appreciation for Nigerian Federation president Amaju Pinnick following his political decision into the esteemed FIFA board.

Nigeria are ensured to top Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers paying little heed to the result of their last match against Lesotho as they are as of now on 11 focuses, four more than the Republic of Benin, who are second in the standings.

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