The worldwide COVID-19 virus outbreak has forced the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to cancel all of March's 2021 AFCON Qualifiers.
While the African continent is at present low on confirmed Coronavirus infections, the danger lies in Africa's hundreds of European-based footballers making the flights down for the upcoming 25-31 March AFCON Qualifiers.
CAF announced the decision to postpone the fixtures on its website.
"Following the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as pandemic, CAF has decided to postpone the following competitions until further notice:
- Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Match Day 3 and 4 of the qualifiers scheduled for 25 - 31 March 2020;
- FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup Qualifiers: scheduled for 20 - 22 March 2020 and 27- 29 March 2020;
- Total Women's AFCON 2020 Qualifiers: scheduled for 8-14 April 2020.
A new schedule shall be announced in due time," said the statement.
Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed.— CAF (@CAF_Online) March 13, 2020