CAF Ponders Over Rescheduling Women’s Nations Cup
By Niyi Busari
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) says it is working ‘fastidiously’ to enable the return of continental African football.
CAF Acting Secretary General Abdel Bah explained that some “competitions will be difficult to reschedule”, with the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations amongst those most at risk.
The expanded 12-team tournament was originally scheduled to kick off in November, but so far not one of the 36 entered teams has played a qualifier – while Caf is still to have a host nation after original hosts Congo withdrew.
Caf is also undecided over the scheduling for major competitions such as the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The Chan was set to have taken place in April, while the World Cup qualifiers had been scheduled to start in October, a month when the Nations Cup qualifying is now set to take precedence.
One of the earliest competitions Caf could restart is its African club tournaments, with the return of the Champions League and Confederation Cup mooted for as early as July or, perhaps more likely, September.