The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has postponed this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on Friday, Caf said the 48 matches scheduled to run between 25-31 March have been postponed until further notice even though only a few cases have been reported on the continent.
“Several players, who are supposed to play the next Afcon qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus (in) Europe and Asia,” Caf wrote to member associations.
Caf also explained that many African governments have imposed strong travel restrictions, which require 14 days of quarantine, on those arriving from Europe.
At present, at least 18 African nations have reported cases of coronavirus.