The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the Cameroon African Nations Championship (CHAN) will now be held from January 16 to February 7, 2021.
According to Thursday’s decisions of the CAF Executive Committee meeting, the tournament, which was initially scheduled for 4-25 April 2020 and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will have in effect the 4th substitution rule in the event of extra time at the knockout stages of the competition.
The 2022 CHAN tournament in Algeria has also been rescheduled to January 2023, and the exact dates will be discussed with the Algerian Football Federation.
Other decisions reached at the Executive Committee meeting include the rescheduling of dates for the 2021 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations Morocco to 13 – 31 March 2021 following a request by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
“An amendment to the MRI test regulations was approved so as to disqualify any team that has even one ineligible player,” reads part of the decisions made by the Executive Committee.
Concerning the CAF Women’s Champions League, each of the Six CAF Zones will organize qualifiers to determine the finalists for the eight (8) team tournament, who will include the host and one additional team.
“For the maiden edition, the zonal union of the host country will have two representatives. However, for subsequent editions, the host country will have only one representative whilst the Zonal Union of the defending champion will qualify two teams,” CAF said, adding that the competition will be held annually and during the second half of the year.
The final tournament for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2022 will be played in July, that year.
Meanwhile, CAF has opened the process of launching bids for junior competitions, the women’s competitions, CAF Champions League and Beach Soccer Africa Cup.
They include the 2021 and 2022 Women’s Champions League, 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nation, the 2023 Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 AFCONs, and the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup finals for 2021, 2022 and 2023.