Harare – The Confederation of African Football Executive Committee has tentatively set June 25 as the date for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) draw.
Cameroon hosts AFCON, which will be played from January 9 to February 6 next year after the CAF moved the fiesta to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twenty-three participants have already been confirmed, with only the match between Sierra Leone and Benin still outstanding. The match was supposed to be played in Freetown this week but there was a stand-off after five Benin starters “tested positive” for Covid-19.
CAF rescheduled the fixture, in which Benin needs a point to qualify while Sierra Leone should win to make it to Cameroon.
In a communique this week, CAF communications director Alexandre Siewe said the organisation had appointed South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan as adviser in charge of sport and marketing to the CAF presidency.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Jacques Benard Anouma is now senior special advisor to CAF president, Patrice Motsepe. Hany Abou Rida of Egypt and Nigeria’s Amaju Melvin Pinnick have also been appointed in the CAF Emergency Committee. CAF Exco also co-opted Somali Football Federation president Abdigani Said Arab into its structures.
Meanwhile, CAF is exploring the possibility having an independent structure, supported by the World Health Organisation, to conduct COVID-19 testing at AFCON 2021.
This follows repeated accusations of countries’ weaponising COVID-19 testing to bar key opponents from taking to the field of play during qualifiers.