The confederation of African Football on Friday announce that it has postponed two rounds of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers scheduled for March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Rounds three and four of the pool qualifiers were due to be played in the international window from March 25 to March 31.
CAF emergency committee has postponed the games until further notice, without providing alternative dates.
The Nations Cup finals in Cameroon have been moved forward to next January and February to avoid the rainy season, which means the qualifiers will have to be rounded up this year.
This could also affect the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup which were due to start in October.
Also CAF has postponed qualifiers for the 2020 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for April and this month’s Women’s Under-20 World Cup preliminaries.
“We would like to assure you that CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the competent authorities such as WHO (World Health Organisation) on the impact of the virus in the continent and CAF competitions,” a statement said.
However, the African Nations Championship (CHAN), a national team competition for home-based players will still go on as scheduled in Cameroon from April 4 to April 25.
Information that leaked from the CAF headquaters in Cairo says CHAN is dependent on the findings of the CAF medical committee who will visit the country this weekend to assess preventative measures taken by the Local Organising Committee.
Morocco’s football federation has called a meeting for Monday to decide whether they will play in the tournament.