The Southern Times Writer
Windhoek - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said that it is monitoring the corona virus (Covid-19) ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
CHAN is a continental tournament designed for locally-based players only and this year’s edition is scheduled to take place from 4-25 April 2020 in Cameroon amid the corona virus which has left thousands of people dead.
Doubts have been lingering that the tournament might not go ahead as planned but CAF said they are closely monitoring the situation.
In a statement released late on Wednesday, the continental body said: “CAF wishes to inform member associations and the entire African football family that we are closely monitoring the evolution of the corona virus (Covid-19) around the world and in particular the African continent. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), no African country till date has been declared a high risk.”
It added that, consequently, it had decided to maintain the schedule of all competitions.
“Also, CAF has been informed of the restrictive measures taken by the authorities of some member associations and is in contact to find solutions on a case-by-case basis, with the option of the organisation of matches behind closed doors,” the statement reads in part.
Regarding the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020, a delegation from the CAF Medical Committee is scheduled to visit Cameroon from 14-15 March 2020. The purpose of this mission is to assess all the preventive measures taken by the Local Organising Committee.