Africa’s football governing body Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the postponement of the Uganda Cranes game against South Sudan.
The two sides were set to face off on 28th and 31st March 2020 at in the double header tie, in the Total 2021 AFCON Qualifier group stages.
The decision came after the growing concerns about the health of the players following the breakout of Coronavirus around the globe.
In the same vein, all matches that were to be played on the same weekend have been postponed.
However, according to CAF any decision regarding the 2020 CHAN final tournament over the same concerns about the Coronavirus will only be made after their visit to Cameroon due this weekend.
“Our preparations for the two matches were in top gear. However we need to respect the decision taken by CAF as it is about to keep every stakeholder safe. In addition, in the beautiful game,” FUFA head of Communications Ahmed Hussein said before adding.
“We shall regroup and plan for the resumption of the campaign when new dates are released by CAF.”
“We encourage our fans to maintain the passion and love towards the Uganda Cranes when matches resume,” he added.
Uganda Cranes kicked off the 2021 AFCON qualifiers with a barren stalemate with Burkina Faso. This was before winning 2-0 at home against Malawi.
They are atop group with four points level with Burkina Faso but with a better goal difference.
A full statement from CAF
Following the growing concern of the COVID-19 virus and the latest declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as a pandemic.
CAF emergency committee has decided to postpone the following matches until further notice:
– Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Matchdays 3 and 4 of the qualifiers initially scheduled from 25th to 31st March.
– FIFA Women U-20 World Cup Qualifiers: Initially scheduled from 20-22 March and 27-29 March.
– Total Women AFCON 2020 Qualifiers: Initially scheduled from 8th to 14th April.
CAF shall announce the new program in due time concerning the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020) scheduled in Cameroon from 4th to 25th April, a delegation from the CAF Medical Committee is scheduled to visit Cameroon from 14-15 March 2020.
The purpose of this mission is to assess all the preventive measures taken by the Local Organizing Committee, a decision will be taken after the inspection visit.
On the other hand, CAF has also decided to postpone the Match Commissioners Workshop scheduled for the 19th & 20th March until further notice.
We would like to assure you that CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the competent authorities such as the WHO on the impact of the virus in the continent and CAF competitions.
In the meantime, please accept, dear General Secretary, our sincere regards.