CAF stump on AFCON qualifiers

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended all games that were supposed to be played later this month in the qualifiers for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) due to the corona virus which has hit hard in most parts of Europe as well as Asia.

In a statement released on Friday, 13 March 2020, CAF has suspended the games with it’s top priority remaining the health and safety of its stakeholders as the corona virus has been declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO). The decision has also been made as several players who are supposed to play the next AFCON qualifiers, are currently playing in countries that have been hit severely by the virus.

The continental football governing body, further said it will communicate in future when the suspended games will be played to keep track of the AFCON tournament to be played next year in Cameroon.

Malawi was expected to play two back to back games against Burkina Faso later this month with reports indicating the west African nation had registered cases of patients affected by the virus.

In another AFCON qualifiers fixture, Tanzania were to play Tunisia and had already named a squad ahead of the qualifiers to be captained by Mbwana Samatta who plays for Aston Villa in England which has registered more cases of players affected by the virus such as Gabon International Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta.

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