CAF lays down soccer roadmap

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Windhoek- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ratified a raft of decisions that will see a resumption of almost-normal soccer activities across the continent.

While football activities have returned in most parts of the world, CAF has adopted a cautious approach as it navigates the novel coronavirus.

Last week, the Executive Committee okayed resumption of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers for the tournament that will be hosted by Cameroon. CAF also gave the green light to FIFA 2022 World Cup qualification. Qatar hosts the next World Cup.

The 2020 CAF Ordinary General Assembly has been scheduled for December in Addis Ababa with Tanzania the back-up should the Ethiopian capital be unready to host the gathering.

In the event that neither of the two can host the Ordinary General Assembly, it will be held via videoconference.

The 2021 Elective General Assembly has been slated for March in Rabat, Morocco.

The 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN), initially scheduled for April 4-25, will now take place from January 16 to February 7, 2021 in Cameroon; while CHAN 2022 in Algeria has been moved to January 2023.

CAF outlined its plan for the maiden Women’s Champions League.

Each of the six CAF zones will organise qualifiers to determine finalists for the eight team tournament.

There will be one team from each zone, the hosts and one other team. For the maiden edition, the zonal union of the host country will have two representatives. In subsequent editions, the host country will have only one representative whilst the zonal union of the defending champion will qualify two teams.

The competition will be held annually in the second half of the year from 2021.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be played in July 2022 and hosting bids have been invited.

As for Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2020, Senegal will host the tournament whose finalists will represent Africa at the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Russia.

The U-17 Africa Cup of Nations has been moved to March 13-32, 2021 at the request of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

An amendment to the MRI testing regulations was approved so as to disqualify any team that has even one ineligible player in age-based competitions.

CAF also said the fourth substitute rule in the event of extra time in the knockout stages of the competitions will be applied.

 

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