2021 AFCON: Weather Concerns Force Cameroon FA to Move Tournament Date
The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) said that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will revert to its former time slot of January and February.
The Cameroon FA confirmed the change after a meeting with representatives from the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
“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.”
The tournament was moved to a June-July slot for last year’s first 24-team edition in Egypt, in large part to avoid clashing with the European club season.
The change in date will have a big impact on Premier League clubs, who will see some of their key players depart to participate in the tournament.
The AFCON tournament has always traditionally been held in January but was moved in 2019 and held in the summer for the first time.
Cameroon was due to host the 2019 edition but was stripped of the right because of delays and security issues, and Egypt was subsequently selected host.