Previously scheduled for June 2021, the competition takes place in January and February of the same year.
According to the president of the African Football Confederation (Caf), Ahmad Ahmad, the 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations today in Cameroon. Clearly, it is from January 9 to February 6, 2021. The boss of African football takes this decision after a consultation on January 15, 2020, in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian political capital.
According to the final press release of this consultation, it is at Cameroon’s request that the Caf proceeds to advance the competition. The reason mentioned, is simple, it is the weather conditions. Something that does not seem to be confirmed by the French newspaper La Lettre du Continent. For this duck, there were negotiations behind closed doors between the president of the CAF, and Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, the secretary general of the presidency of the Republic.
New World Cup formula
“The Caf had a major problem. The Can 2021 fell the same month as the new formula for the FIFA Club World Cup, but also the organization of African football had to convince Yaoundé at all costs to advance the Can by about six months. Writes the French newspaper.
At the finish therefore, Paul Biya, weighs with all his weight so that his advisers accept all the conditions of the African Football Confederation. In this same initiative, the old lion, “even publicly assumes responsibility for the date change”. The argument of the weather is therefore only a staging skillfully orchestrated by Cameroon and the CAF. This under the dictatorship of FIFA. Can Cameroon meet this challenge?