‘AFCON Postponement Good Decision From CAF’

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The continent’s football governing moved the biennial competition by 12 months, and the verdict has been applauded by the Nigerian football great

Ex-Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has thrown his weight behind the Confederation of African Football’s decision to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations.

During Caf’s executive committee meeting on Tuesday, they resolved that the championship billed for commencement on January 9, 2021 in Cameroon will now take place in 2022 owing to the impact of Covid-19.

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“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” a statement from Caf read.

Currently, qualifying games are yet to be concluded while Europe-based stars might be affected because of a likely congested season should the competition go as planned.

The former Super Eagles midfielder has taken to social media to share his thoughts on the resolution.

According to him, shifting the African football showpiece will enable hosts Cameroon touches to their preparations while participating countries would have enough time to prepare for the tournament.

“I was wondering about the kind of magic the Confederation of African would perform to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,” the former Real Madrid and Real Sociedad star tweeted.

“But with this postponement, there is more time for effective planning for the hosts, while countries would have enough time to prepare.

“And by then, players would really be in their best shape. Good decision from Caf.”

Meanwhile, president Ahmad Ahmad also ousted rumours that the Central African country would be replaced as hosts. Cameroon were denied the hosting right of the 2019 edition due to their unpreparedness.