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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has indefinitely postponed the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due to the spread of coronavirus.

Most football events in Europe have been cancelled. Fixtures of the five major leagues have been postponed until April 3, 2020 with UEFA contemplating postponing the 2020 European Championships.

On Wednesday, CAF had said it was monitoring the situation before taking any decision to suspend its competitions.

But barely 48 hours after that statement, the continent’s football governing body said all the Matchday 3 and 4 qualifiers scheduled for 25 – 31 March have been called off.

This is due to the “growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) describing it as pandemic”.

So far, 19 African countries have recorded cases.

Ethiopia and Sudan are the latest to have joined the growing list of African countries with confirmed cases.

CAF said the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers scheduled for March 20 – 22 and March 27-29 have been postponed.

The Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers have also been affected.

“A new schedule shall be announced in due time,” the statement said.

The qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will, however, take place as it was not listed in CAF’s statement.


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