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CAF insists that all AFCON qualifiers to be played amid coronavirus fears
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CAF insists that all AFCON qualifiers to be played amid coronavirus fears

CAF on Wednesday insisted that all scheduled 2021 African Cup of Nations fixtures will go on as planned despite several countries raising concerns over the spread of the deadly coronavirus. 

In a statement, the African football body said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared any African country a high risk.

"Consequently, CAF has decided to maintain the schedule of all competitions. Also, CAF has been informed of the restrictive measures taken by the authorities of some Member Associations and is in contact to find solutions on a case-by-case basis, with the option of the organization of matches behind closed doors," it read. 

Kenya had on Monday written to CAF asking for their matches against Comoros Islands be postponed. They claimed that Comoros had a number of players based in France which has recorded at least 1,700 cases of infections. 

The Gambia national team coach Tom Saintfelt also asked for their match against Gabon to be pushed back as they have at least seven players based in Italy. The seven will not be travel out of Italy after the country's authorities declared a state of total lockdown and cancelled air and train travels. 

On the upcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN) set for Cameroon, CAF said that a medical committee will visit the West African nation between March 14 and 15 to asses the situation. Cameroon has reported two cases of confirmed infection.