CAF cancels U17 AFCON set for kick-off in Morocco on Friday

CAF cancels U17 AFCON set for kick-off in Morocco on Friday

CAF Emergency Committee has announced the cancellation of the upcoming edition of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to begin next weekend in Morocco.

The Committee met on Monday in Rabat, Morocco, to decide on the fate of the biennial competition in the wake of fresh anti-Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Kingdom, which includes a temporary flight ban until March 21.

Postponing or relocating the competition to another territory wasn’t deemed necessary due to the fact that FIFA had already cancelled the U-17 World Cup for which the U-17 AFCON serves as a qualifier.

In a statement, CAF Emergency Committee said, following the below reasons:

  • The resurgence of the Covid19 pandemic.
  • Increased restrictions on international travel
  • Uncertainty about the evolution of the situation

The Committee decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the Total U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 12 teams qualified for the edition are Morocco, Uganda, Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Tanzania, Algeria, Congo, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali and South Africa.

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