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CAF postpones 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to 2022

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The African Confederation of Football (CAF) has decided to postpone the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to 2022.

The tournament was set to take place between January 9 and February 6, 2021, in Cameroon, but it has now been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” Caf confirmed in a statement. “The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”

 

 

CAF also announced that the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) has been postponed to 2021, while the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations was cancelled due to ‘challenging conditions.’

See full details of the decisions made by the CAF Executive Committee at the meeting.

Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021

After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course. 

Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020

The final tournament has been postponed till January 2021 in Cameroon.

“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said.

Interclubs 2019/20 season

The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, will resume in September with a Final Four (4) format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.

Total CAF Champions League

Venue for Final Four to be decided

Total CAF Confederation Cup

Morocco will host the Final Four

Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2020

Due to challenging conditions, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled.

Meanwhile, the CAF Women’s Champions League will be launched in 2021. The format and other details will be communicated in due course.

Zonal Qualifiers for U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup of Nations

A meeting with the Organising Competitions for Youth Football and the Zonal Unions has been proposed to finalize the arrangements for the zonal qualifiers. Meanwhile, the U-17 AFCON will take place in July 2021.

Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2020

Following the withdrawal of Uganda, a new hosting bid will be launched for the organization of the final tournament either in 2020 or 2021.

 

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Anthony Joshua set to defend his three world heavyweight titles in December

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Anthony Joshua will fight his mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev in December to defend his three world heavyweight titles, according to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.

The pair were due to face each other at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 but the coronavirus pandemic forced the clash to be canceled.

A new date for the clash has not to been announced yet but it’s likely going down in December with London’s O2 Arena as a possible location.

Speaking with ESPN, Hearn said: “We know AJ’s only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better.”

 

 

“But it’s still not a gimme at all. There’s still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.

Bearing in mind he’s only going to fight once this year, I just feel as we might as well give ourselves every chance to have a crowd and that will be the first weekend of December.

“Their regulations comply with the government, so at the moment they’re closed.

”So they would need to open up. We’d need to get an understanding from the government what is allowed in arenas. Are you going to open at 50 percent [capacity]? Are you going to open up 100 percent? There’s a lot of work that has to go into that with the government and the O2 (Arena).”

Joshua, 30, won back his WBA, WBO, and IBF world heavyweight titles when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in December 2019.

After his clash with Pulev clash, the British-Nigerian heavyweight champion will face WBC champion, Tyson Fury, in a British heavyweight showdown.

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Hamilton Navigates Car on Flat Tyres to Formula 1 Victory in Silverstone

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Briton Lewis Hamilton navigated his car with a puncture to win a record-extending seventh British Grand Prix in a dramatic finish at Silverstone.

Hamilton, whose tire trouble came on the final lap, held on to cross the line five seconds ahead of a chasing Max Verstappen.

It was Hamilton’s third consecutive victory following a delayed start to the season amid the coronavirus pandemic and sees him move 30 points clear at the top of the championship.

Had Verstappen not pitted before the final lap, he would likely have taken the win from Hamilton.

“The last few laps I started to back off and then down the straight (the tire) just deflated,” Hamilton said after the race.

“I just noticed the shape shift a little bit and that was definitely a heart-in-the-mouth kind of feeling … I was just praying and trying to get it round and not be too slow.

“I nearly didn’t get round the last two corners but there you go, we did it and I really owe it to the team.

“I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that on a last lap. My heart definitely nearly stopped.”

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StarTimes secures UEFA Nations League Broadcast Rights

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Pay television operator StarTimes Media has acquired the broadcast rights for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League that is set to kick off from September 3rd, 2020.
StarTimes has secured UEFA Nations League broadcasting rights as part of the company’s National Team Football agreement with UEFA over the period 2019-2022.
The company has secured transmission rights for exploitation across all media platforms including its self-produced sports channels as well as on StarTimes ON streaming platform in all countries across sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa.
While acknowledging the increased sports properties on the digital television platform, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Mr. Aldrine Nsubuga said, “With the Euro 2020 having been postponed, we are very excited to air the UEFA Nations League this being the only national team event this year. All European football stars will be there and we can expect a great football show.”
The national-team competition replaces friendlies with competitive matches, allowing nations to play against equally ranked teams.
The 55 European national teams are divided into four leagues based on the 2018–19 Nations League overall ranking. Leagues A, B, and C feature 16 teams each while there are seven teams in League D.
The four group winners of the top-ranked League A qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals in June 2021 with the knockout tournament hosted by one of the quartets. For the remaining sides, there is promotion and relegation to play for.
The 2020/21 group stage matches will be played between September and November where matchday 1 will see heavyweights Germany face off against Spain, Sweden against France, and titleholders Portugal against Croatia.
The Nations League is UEFA’s latest national-team competition with this year’s action being its second edition. Hosts Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the inaugural 2018/19 UEFA Nations League final in Porto on June 9th, 2019.
Spanish La Liga side Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes scored the winner early in the second half to give Portugal their first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.
The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship.
Cristiano Ronaldo, coming off a hat-trick in the semifinals, wasn’t much of a factor against Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in the matchup of likely contenders for the 2019 world player of the year award, but Guedes couldn’t be stopped when he hit a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 60th minute at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

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