CAF postpones CHAN tournament

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Thando Mnkandhla

Windhoek - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was scheduled to take place in Cameroon from April 4 to April 25.

CAF issued a statement citing growing concerns of the virus and the recently concluded medical inspection by its Medical Committee as the basis of their decision to postpone this year's edition of the tournament.

Despite the coronavirus situation in Cameroon being considered to be under control, the organisation, as per advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), concluded that the crisis is not yet stabilised in Africa thus it will be very difficult to predict its evolution in the next few days.

Restrictions also put in place by different governments, which include bans on travelling and large crowd gatherings, have further complicated the hosting of the football fiesta at this point in time.

"We would like to assure you that CAF is monitoring the situation closely and is working with competent authorities such as the WHO on the impact of the virus in the continent and also with CAF Competitions," CAF said in a statement.

Potential new dates will be proposed in due time depending on the improvement of the situation.

CHAN is a version of African Cup of Nations but is reserved for players that ply their trade on the African continent. The current champions are Morocco who beat Nigeria in the final of the last tournament in 2018.

 

 

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