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Why Cameron shifted Cup of nations to 9 January

Spotlight Sports Desk

The Africa Cup of Nations which was scheduled for June and July in Cameron had to be changed for January 9 after it emerged that tournament would be affected by the rains.

Despite the bad weather conditions sited a number of Premier League clubs across the Globe could be without first-team players at a crucial stage of the season.

The development which saw the dates dragged to January means that the tournament will not clash with the expanded Club World Cup, being held in China in June 2021.

Following a meeting on Wednesday with representatives from the Confederation of African Football (Caf), including president Ahmad, the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) tweeted: “It [2021 Africa Cup of Nations] will be played in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February, 2021. Date changed for weather reasons at Cameroon’s request.”
Caf’s deputy general secretary Tony Baffoe said: “We have reviewed the period of the competition as requested by the Cameroonian party due to unfavourable climatic conditions during the period initially slated.

The 2019 tournament in Egypt was the first one to be held in the summer and little complications were noted.

“After listening to the various arguments and viewpoints – and in particular from the Cameroonian meteorological authorities, the coaches and players – the representatives of the Afcon organising committee, which received the mandate from Caf Executive Committee to take the decision, has granted this request.
“A detailed reported shall be presented to the members of the Executive Committee during its next session on 6 February.”

Cameroon had been scheduled to host the 2019 Cup of Nations, but were stripped of that honour in November 2018. At the time, Caf said the decision had been made because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparations.
A month later, Caf announced that Cameroon had agreed to host the 2021 edition instead

Tendai Guvamombe