Big Tension As 2022 AFCON Could Be Cancelled Over Omicron Variant

Big Tension As 2022 AFCON Could Be Cancelled Over Omicron Variant

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:52 PM
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  • Next year's African Cup of Nations is in danger of being cancelled due to the emergence of the Omicron variant
  • AFCON, which is Africa's biggest competition is fixed to start from January 9 in Cameroon, with Algeria looking to defend the crown
  • Confederation of African Football chiefs are expected to come out with an official statement on the 2022 AFCON in the coming days.

Fresh reports have emerged that the 2022 African Cup of Nations could be cancelled due to the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant which has alarmed the organizers.

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African Cup of Nations title. Photo: GIUSEPPE CACACE
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African players around the world are currently preparing for the Nations Cup which is the biggest tournament on the continent expected to start on January 9 to February 6.

Cameroon is the host nation for the 2022 African Cup of Nations and Algeria are the defending champions having beaten Senegal in the final of the 2019 edition.

According to the report on Daily Mail and RMC Sport, the eggheads at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are currently having talks to determine the fate of the 2022 edition.

What will happen if they cancel the tournament?

Should the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announce the cancellation of the 2022 AFCON, then another date will be picked and players will return to their clubs.

Premier League giants Liverpool will be the biggest gainers if the AFCON is cancelled considering they are bound to miss the services of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

These two players have been the engines upfront for Liverpool so far this season and would deal Jurgen Klopp a massive blow should they depart in January.

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