Africa Cup of Nations

Liverpool relief as 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is postponed

The tournament was scheduled to take place in Cameroon in 2021

8:00am on Wednesday 1st July 2020
Martin Macdonald

Liverpool have been given a boost with the news that the Africa Cup of Nations, due to take place in 2021, has been pushed back to 2022 with organisers unable to fit in respective qualifying matches before it was due to commence.

The competition was set for January into February of next year in Cameroon, but that has now been pushed back 12 months.

In a meeting of the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday, it was expected that the committee would come to this decision, and it has now been confirmed.

According to reports, the tournament organisers were unable to logistically fit in qualifying matches, with Fifa having postponed the usual window for international matches for every country outwith Europe and South America in September.

The next period is also unavailable, as it takes place in October and November when African nations compete in qualifiers for the World Cup, with the next taking place in Qatar in 2022.

With Liverpool hosting talent such as Sadio Mane (Senegal) Naby Keita (Guinea) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt), they would have faced a difficult period should key players be missing for a month or longer - but that will now no longer be the case.

The AFCON takes place every two years, with the last tournament in 2019. That was already a deviation from the tradition of having it held in January and February, as it was moved to the summer in Egypt to appease European clubs who usually lost their top African stars in a key period of the season.

The reigning African champions are Senegal, who defeated Senegal 1-0 in the final after a goal from Baghdad Bounedjah.

Latest news

Premier League

Premier League Table: Leicester leapfrog Liverpool to go second

Leicester City moved in behind Manchester United at the head of the standings with a 2-0 success over Southampton.

  • 8 hours
Premier League

Fulham 0-1 Chelsea Player Ratings: Mount saves Lampard's job

England midfielder Mason Mount scored a winner deep into the second half as Chelsea struggled to overcome 10-man Fulham at Craven Cottage.

  • 11 hours
Predicted XI

No injury worries for Mourinho - How Tottenham could line-up against Sheffield United

The Portuguese boss admits that he has no major injuries problems ahead of the clash against The Blades, and has nearly a full squad to chose from

  • 16 hours
Predicted XI

Possible Messi return? How Barcelona could line-up against Athletic Bilbao

The Barcelona magician missed the Spanish Super Cup semi final win over Real Sociedad with a hamstring injury, but could make the final

  • 17 hours
Predicted XI

Morata to return? - How Juventus and Inter could line-up in Serie A clash

Alvaro Morata is expected to return to the starting line-up for the Bianconeri, whilst Antonio Conte could recall Ashley Young

  • 18 hours
Predicted XI

Goretzka and Alaba to return? How Bayern Munich could line-up against Freiburg

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is expected to bring back a number of key players that were dropped for the club's German Cup defeat

  • 18 hours

Most read