The Confederation of African Football (CAF) needs two international windows to play the rest of the qualifiers (four days) of CAN 2021, said its acting secretary general Abdelmounaïm Bah, in an interview with journalists.
‘’ We can play them two by two (two games a day), so we need two international windows, ’’ he said. He recalled that there are four windows available before the end of 2020.
There are those for June, September, October and November, he said. For him, that means that at this stage, everything is possible about the playoffs of the next edition of the CAN.
In any event, the current crisis (the coronavirus pandemic) is disrupting the schedules, he said. He pointed out that there is a working group within CAF which is considering the various options within the framework of the programming of the next elimination days.
‘’ At FIFA’s level too, a working group has been set up which brings together all the confederations, ’’ he said. But, he believes it is too early to advance on the next playoff dates.
‘’ All options are on the table and what is certain is that the CAN is still scheduled for January-February ’’, he added.
The 3 rd and 4 th days of the CAN qualifiers, initially scheduled for the end of March, have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. This situation also forced CAF to postpone the final phase of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which had been scheduled from April 4 to 25 in Cameroon.