CAF Cancels U-17 AFCON Due to COVID-19

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the cancelation of the 2021 Under-17 AFCON tournament that was scheduled for this March 13-31, in Morocco.

The decision was made on Monday, March 8, after an emergency meeting held in Rabat, Morocco, to study the present COVID-19 situation in the host nation.

CAF’s Emergency Committee met on Monday, March 08, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco to decide on the holding of the 2021 U17 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

According to CAF, the Emergency Committee was made aware of the constraints faced by some of the participating member associations as well as the host country including the fact that the coronavirus pandemic continues to present significant challenges for the organization of international sporting events.

Taking into account the cancellation by FIFA of the Under-17 World Cup for which the U-17 CAN was no longer qualifying, the Committee further noted: “The resurgence of the Covid19 pandemic, increased restrictions on international travel, uncertainty about the evolution of the situation.”

Five of the 12 participating nations including Zambia, Uganda, Senegal, Ivory Coast were already in Morocco.

Liberia’s FIFA badged referee, Hassan Corneh, who was selected for the tourney, is said to be on his way back following the cancellation.

Ref. Corneh was among 36 match officials (18 center referees and 18 assistants) from across the continent that were selected for the tournament.

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