The postponement has been as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic which has hit the globe and led to cancellation and postponement of many sports activities.
It was confirmed by the CAF Executive online meeting which has been held today Tuesday 30th June 2020.
The tournament which was initially slated for January 9 to February 6 has been rescheduled for 2022
CAF have also ruled that there will not be time to play the remaining qualifiers between now and the tournament’s start date.
It’s the second time the 2021 AFCON has been pushed back. The finals were originally schedule for June/July of 2020 but were put back to the European winter due to potentially unfavorable weather conditions in West Africa.
News of the postponement will come as a relief to major European leagues managers. Such as Premiere League, Champions League and others
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp alone faced the prospect of losing Mo Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Naby Keita (Guinea) for a month or more in the 2020-21 season.