Major Boost For Liverpool & Chelsea As AFCON 2021 Is Postponed
AFCON 2021 is postponed
In an important decision affecting football clubs all over the globe, it’s today been confirmed that AFCON 2021 will be postponed.
BREAKING: CAF confirm the postponement of the 2021 AFCON and major changes for the current Champions League and Confederation Cup campaigns.
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The 2020 African Cup of Nations was originally scheduled from March 25 to April 4, but the competition was moved to January and February 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
However, at a meeting of CAF on Tuesday, it’s now been decided that the next African Cup of Nations will only be staged in January 2022. The competition will be held in Cameroon.
Why has African Cup of Nations been postponed?
Caf has made the smart choice by pushing #Afcon2021 a year back. Gives everyone the chance to recover from a horror year and prepare adequately for the big showpiece. #3Sports
— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) June 30, 2020
The decision to push off AFCON 2021 isn’t a major shock.
The qualification process for the tournament still hasn’t been completed, and with the ongoing insecurities during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s unclear when these matches can be staged.
On the other hand, the postponement means that the next African Cup of Nations will be in the same year as the Qatar World Cup.
Initial reaction from some african players I’m just talking to on whatsap not happy with the postponement of the AFCON given World Cup will be in that same year.
But given the circumstances, you really couldn’t fault CAF. No AFCON 2021. They’ll look to host it in 2022.
— Rahman osman (@iamrahmanosman) June 30, 2020
Major boost for Liverpool & Chelsea
2019-20 Premier League champions Liverpool will benefitt greatly from the decision to postpone AFCON 2021.
As a result, Jurgen Klopp will no longer lose Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for up to 6 weeks next season.
Decision expected today on the scheduling of AFCON which will have big implications for #LFC.
CAF executive committee member Hany Abo Rida: “The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon will likely be postponed as the teams have not completed the rounds of the qualifiers.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) June 30, 2020
Chelsea will also benefit from the decision too.
New Chelsea signing, Hakim Ziyech, was also due to feature at the competition for Morocco.
Which other Premier League clubs are affected by the decision?
Arsenal will also be pleased with the AFCON decision as it means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe should be available for the whole of next season.
Meanwhile, Man City will get to retain Algerian star Riyad Mahrez, while Wilfried Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, Tottenham’s Serge Aurier and Everton’s Alex Iwobi will also be affected by the postponement.