The sixth edition of African Nations Championship set to take place in Cameroon in April may be cancelled due to the deadly coronavirus.
CAF has released a statement noting that they are monitoring the situation as the virus continues to spread on the continent. Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon and South Africa have all reported cases of confirmed infections.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by the latest discovery of the coronavirus. The new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The virus has infected at least 111,000 people, killed more than 3,800 and is present in at least 109 countries.
CAF also said that a team has been set up to monitor the situation and advice on the state of the scourge on the continent.
"We are not extremely worried but remain vigilant with regards to future matches and tournaments such as the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and the final tournament of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled to take place in Cameroon from 4-25 April 2020. The team is in touch with the countries organizing these matches and reports in due time on updates to the Executive Committee," the statement read.
Already a CAF Champions League match between Hassania Agadir and El Nasr has been played behind closed doors after Moroccan police advised organisers to close the gates to prevent possibilities of spreading the virus.
CAF notes that if need be, further games will also be played behind closed doors, postponed or cancelled altogether.
"If the situation requires and in agreement with the countries concerned, matches behind closed doors, postponements or even cancellations are envisaged. In the meantime, an advisory to the actors of the game is being promulgated in conformity with guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO)," they added.