The next final phase of the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2021) should finally take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 rather than June / July. The Cameroonian authorities and the African Football Confederation (CAF) have agreed on a possible change of dates, this January 15, 2020 in Yaoundé, officially due to the rainy season in this region of the continent.
Back to square one. Except big surprise, the CAN should fight again during its predilection period, in January / February, from 2021, after an African Cup of Nations organized for the first time in June / July, in 2019 in Egypt, have announced the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Cameroonian authorities, this January 15, 2020. Presumably from January 9 to February 6.
This change must still be discussed at the next meeting of the CAF Executive Committee, which should take place on the sidelines of the African Futsal Cup (January 28 to February 7 in Laayoune).
Officially, this choice is dictated by the « summer » weather conditions in Cameroon. This decision could also be renewed for CAN 2023 (Ivory Coast) and CAN 2025 (Guinea), insofar as it is also the rainy season in a good part of West Africa, at this time. period of the year. But the following two final phases were not discussed, in Yaoundé.
Half a surprise
Introducing a CAF-Cameroon meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education implied that the period was not very favorable for playing football. « Throughout the territory, from North to South, from East to West, […] the period from June to September – I speak under the control of the director of meteorology […] – corresponds to the great rainy season, said Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi. In Douala, for example, during this period, it rains daily. «
This backtracking is a half surprise. A few weeks earlier, CAF President Ahmad had highlighted a weather problem. « In Africa, the summer in the north of the continent has nothing to do with the summer in the south, reminded the Malagasy in particular, during an interview granted to RFI. Someone would have to verify my declaration at the symposium from Rabat when we announced a 24-team CAN in July. I’ve always said we have to be flexible with the weather. «
The boss of African football has in any case been satisfied with the preparations for the African Championship of Nations (CHAN 2020, from April 4 to 25), a tournament reserved for local players, as well as for CAN 2021. « I I am convinced that the Cameroonian people will live this African Cup in exceptional popular fervor because the passion for football that exists in this country is unique, incomparable, inimitable, he started. CAN 2021, I can tell you that the trend is optimism. […] I close by continuing to strongly encourage you on this positive path of good preparation, by assuring you of the continued support of the African Football Confederation « .