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COVID-19: CAF Cancels U-17 AFCON

The effect of COVID-19 on the sporting calendar is far from over as another top event has out rightly been cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Confederation of African football late Monday night announced the cancellation of the event meant to be hosted in Morocco after an emergency meeting.

The statement released by CAF on their official website read in part: “It emerges that the coronavirus pandemic continues to present significant challenges for the organisation of international sporting events.

“Taking into account the cancellation by FIFA of the Under-17 World Cup for which the U-17 CAN was no longer a qualifying tournament. The Committee further noted: the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, increased restrictions on international travel, and uncertainty about the evolution of the situation.”

For all these reasons, the Committee decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the Total U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Before Monday night’s decision, five participating countries in the biennial tournament had already arrived in Morocco.

The early birds will now have to return home while hoping to be compensated or reimbursed for the expenses made so far.

While the U-17 tournament could not hold, Mauritania was able to host the U-20 tourney which ended a few days ago with the Black Satellites of Ghana emerging as champions.

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