Malagasy Ahmed Ahmed, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), confirmed that the decision to postpone the 2021 Nations Cup for a year came after reviewing the members of the Executive Office, the Cameroon State, and the committee supervising the preparations for the tournament and the marketing partners.
“CAF does not manage football in Africa alone, but in cooperation with governments and federations, and he seeks the opinions of everyone before taking any step,” Ahmed said, in a videoconference on Tuesday.
He explained that postponing the next Nations Cup will not affect the 2023 edition that will be held in Cote d’Ivoire , pointing out that they have already held the championship has already in successive versions, the last of which was in 2012 and 2013.
He pointed out that it is too early to talk about the establishment of the 2023 summer or winter championship, explaining that the weather in Côte d’Ivoire will decide the date of its establishment.
The CAF President stressed the arrangement of the remaining Nations Cup qualifiers, in proportion to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and coordination with the International Federation (FIFA) regarding the dates of the international agenda
He confirmed that CAF decided to hold a combined session to host the two Champions League semi-finals this season, and it will be the closest to be hosted by Cameroon, which previously won the marketing rights of the championship final.
He explained that Rwanda had not formally submitted to host the Champions League final, pointing out that some speculation about the establishment of the championship in Rwanda was incorrect, especially that KAVE could not impose the holding of continental matches on any country.
The President of Kef promised a great leap in club championships in Africa, and what is related to their marketing rights, confirming that there is a trend to develop these championships as required.