The Confederation of African football (CAF) has confirmed the postponement of CHAN 2020.
The tournament which was slated to take place next month in Cameroon will not happen due to concerns about the Coronavirus.
CAF confirmed this via a statement on their website.
“Following the growing concern of the COVID-19 virus and the report of the recently concluded medical inspection visit to the host country of the Total CHAN Cameroon 2020, CAF Emergency Committee decided today to postpone the competition until further notice, read part of the statement.
The postponement comes just days after CAF also cancelled the upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifiers later this month due to the same reason.
The Coronavirus has greatly affected the sporting world with several activities and leagues cancelled world over.
On Tuesday, CAF gave several reasons for their actions.
-Even though the situation is considered as being under control in Cameroons and as per the advice from the WHO, the crisis is not yet stabilized yet in Africa and it’s very difficult to predict its evolution in the next few days.
-Travelling across the continent is getting increasingly complicated and even impossible for some countries due to the restrictions put in place by the different government.
-For all these reasons and to avoid any useless risks, the medical committee’s proposal was to unanimously postpone the CHAN. The Emergency Committee also decided it was necessary to postpone the planned Executive Committee and 42nd General Assembly initially scheduled on the 24th April 2020 in Cameroon.
CAF also assured the football fraternity that it is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities to sort the situation as soon as possible.
Uganda has been in camp for over two weeks preparing for the CHAN 2020 tournament which will be their fifth appearance.
It is highly expected that the players will now be released and allowed to head back to their clubs.