Major boost for Liverpool & Chelsea as AFCON 2021 is postponed

AFCON 2021 is postponed

In an important decision affecting football clubs all over the globe, it’s today been confirmed that AFCON 2021 will be postponed.

The 2020 African Cup of Nations was originally scheduled from March 25 to April 4, but the competition was moved to January and February 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

However, at a meeting of CAF on Tuesday, it’s now been decided that the next African Cup of Nations will only be staged in January 2022. The competition will be held in Cameroon.

Why has African Cup of Nations been postponed?

The decision to push off AFCON 2021 isn’t a major shock.

The qualification process for the tournament still hasn’t been completed, and with the ongoing insecurities during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s unclear when these matches can be staged.

On the other hand, the postponement means that the next African Cup of Nations will be in the same year as the Qatar World Cup.

Major boost for Liverpool & Chelsea

2019-20 Premier League champions Liverpool will benefitt greatly from the decision to postpone AFCON 2021.

As a result, Jurgen Klopp will no longer lose Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for up to 6 weeks next season.

Chelsea will also benefit from the decision too.

New Chelsea signing, Hakim Ziyech, was also due to feature at the competition for Morocco.

 

Which other Premier League clubs are affected by the decision?

Arsenal will also be pleased with the AFCON decision as it means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe should be available for the whole of next season.

Meanwhile, Man City will get to retain Algerian star Riyad Mahrez, while Wilfried Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace.

Elsewhere, Tottenham’s Serge Aurier and Everton’s Alex Iwobi will also be affected by the postponement.

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.