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CAF Cancels 2021 U-17 AFCON

CAF Cancels 2021 U-17 AFCON

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

The decision was made on Monday after an emergency meeting which held in Morocco studied the present Coronavirus situation in the North African nation and opted to drop the tournament with immediate effect.

The men’s Under-17 AFCON tournament joins a number of International sports events that have been called off since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Before the decision was made, five of the 12 participating nations were already in Morocco.

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Zambia, Uganda, Senegal, Ivory Coast are forced to return home while hoping to be compensated or reimbursed for the expenses made so far.

This comes within six weeks after Cameroon and Mauritania played host to the African Nations championship and the Under-20 AFCON respectively.

The recent event is the second in six years as in 2015 the same Morocco closed her doors on the rest of the continent citing the Ebola Virus.

In 2015, Morocco refused hosting the senior AFCON citing the prevalence of the Ebola Virus but Equatorial Guinea stepped in. Unfortunately the timing of the latest decision makes it almost impossible for CAF to get a new host.

The next Under-17 AFCON tournament is scheduled for April 2023. The best four nations from that tournament will represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Peru.

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  • Chris 5 months ago

    This Morocco again? And CAF will keep going back to beg them to host Africa.