CAF Fixture Congestion threatens CHAN, 2020
By Sab Osuji
The 6th edition of the Total/CAF African Nations Championship, CHAN, billed for Cameroon, April 4-25 is being threatened by fixture congestions by organisers, CAF, Orient Sports reports.
CAF inter club competitions – CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup fixtures – have been squeezed to two months as the African supreme football body struggles to align her calendar with Europe in line with FIFA stipulation.
This has raised concerns that CAF may scrap the event slated for Cameroon.
The tournament is reserved for African players plying their trade on the continent with African clubs.
If it goes ahead, African club competitions will have to be stopped and rescheduled.
No official decision has yet been taken but the group phase of both the African Champions League and African Confederation Cup would have to be squeezed into just two months, which will also have a major impact on domestic leagues.
However, postponing the event would be another blow to Cameroon who were stripped of the hosting rights for last year’s Africa Cup of Nations but were only compensated with the 2020 CHAN finals in place of Ethiopia.
Sixteen countries, hosts, Cameroon, Congo, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda have sealed their places in the finals.
Draw for the group phase would be conducted by CAF on February 17, 2020.