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CAF suspends Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to coronavirus concerns

Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop feel the correct decision has been made to suspend all major leagues in Europe.

The Confederation of African Football has suspended the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers originally scheduled for the FIFA break at the end of this month and early April until further notice due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

This comes in the wake of the World Health Organisation declaring the outbreak as a pandemic with the number of new infections growing exponentially around the world and in spite of the African continent seeing the least number of reported cases.

Early this week,...

FIFA president wants AFCON every four years, more youth World Cups

Gianni Infantino has said African football is in danger of going backwards.

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament should be played every four years instead of two, FIFA president Gianni Infantino urged the continent's football leaders on Saturday.

Infantino said revenue could rise up to six-fold for a four-yearly continental championship and become a must-see event "not only for Africa but the world."

Kanu suggests drastic alternative to AFCON schedule

The idea is likely to be backed by European clubs who dislike losing their players to national team duty, and especially...

Kanu suggests drastic alternative to January AFCON schedule

Jurgen Klopp promises that less games and more rest for players will take football to the next level.

Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu has suggested a drastic solution to the Confederation of African Football's scheduling problem around the Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF acceded to a request by Cameroon's local organising committee last month to stage the 2021 tournament in January. This comes just one edition after it was played in June-July for the first time last year in sweltering Egypt.

CAF's decision was roundly criticized in Europe, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp describing it as "a catastrophe"...

Sorry, Mr Klopp, but the Afcon date change is best for African fans

The Confederation of African Football did the right thing by changing the Afcon 2021 dates to January-February, but it should not have had to do so in the first place.

For close watchers of football in Africa, especially of CAF, the decision by the organisation last week to make a hugely significant scheduling change to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations would have come as no surprise.

After all, none of the originally scheduled hosts of the past five tournaments have actually hosted them. If anything,...

AFCON a 'catastrophe' for Liverpool - Klopp

Ale Moreno says it's hard to pick against Liverpool if Marcus Rashford isn't fully fit for Man United.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called the decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to January a "catastrophe," with the switch meaning he will likely have to go without key players Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a month next season.

Salah plays for Egypt at international level, while Mane represents Senegal, who were runners-up at last year's edition of the tournament. In 2021, the continental competition is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global football...