Tuesday 17th March, 2020
Accra, March 17, GNA – The Championship of
African Nations, (CHAN) 2020 scheduled to start in Cameroon next month will no
longer take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The postponement followed an extraordinary
session of the CHAN Organizing Committee meeting in Cameroon on Tuesday.
The committee cited amongst others, the
confinement of population in many countries, restrictions imposed on grouping
of teams and officials and the closure of borders as well as disruptions in air
links between many countries as factors.
Cameroon currently has 10 confirmed cases of
COVID-19 as at morning of March 17. Government has moved to impose strict
restrictions as has been done by a number of African countries.
The decision comes after the postponement of
the AFCON 2021 qualifiers by CAF. The African football governing body had
before last week decided to maintain the organization of its competitions.