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Covid-19: CAF debunks rumours on AFCON postponement

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has dismissed rumours that next month’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) could be moved away from Cameroon in  the wake of the discovery of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The new variant has led to travel restrictions being introduced by some countries for several African nations, with Nigeria, Cameroon’s neighbours, the latest to be added to the United Kingdom’s ‘red list’.

There have been suggestions in the media that the dates of the 24-team tournament could change or even the location be moved, possibly to Qatar.

But CAF’s director of communications Alex Siewe said neither his organisation nor leading Cameroon officials have discussed such events.

“We can’t keep spending time dealing with rumours,” he told BBC Sport Africa. “We did not receive any other message or information from our leaders – nothing such as changing of dates or countries. We did not discuss such during all our last meetings.”

He added that staff from the CAF arrived in Cameroon this week to organise the AFCON finals.

“An official delegation from CAF has been released and general secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba is joining us in two days,” Siewe added.

The European Club Association, an independent body which represents clubs across Europe, has expressed its “deep concerns” regarding player welfare before the tournament.

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