CAF confirms date for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final draw
The Confederation of African Football says the final draw for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament will be held in August.
The draw, which was initially scheduled for June 25, will now take place within the first 15 days of August.
Caf said the draw could not be held this month due to “logistical reasons” caused by the COVID-19.
“The draw will take place during the first half of August. The exact date will be communicated very quickly,” said Secretary-General of CAF Veron Mosengo-Omba during a press briefing he held, June 15, in Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon.
The official also denied any intention to relocate the CAN 2021, confirming that the competition will indeed take place in Cameroon.
“AFCON will be organized here in this country [Cameroon] in January next year,” he noted as he expressed his wish for a successful tournament. “We have to work together to deliver an AFCON that will be the first of its kind in the continent,” Mosengo-Omba stated.
The tournament, which was scheduled to take place in January and February 2021, will now take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
The continent’s top competition will see the participation of 24 teams