Former Watford FC midfielder and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) winner with Algeria Adlene Guedioura says he wouldn’t be surprised if the 2021 edition is postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) have indefinitely postponed the 2021 Afcon qualifiers with the 2021 Afcon finals scheduled to take place between January 9 and February 6.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the tournament is postponed or cancelled to be honest. It’s something they need to discuss. To organise this Cup of Nations will be very tough,” Guedioura told BBC Sport.
Guedioura believes Caf should consider changing the tournament’s dates as African European based players will be at a disadvantage and think they are against playing in mid-season.
“First, they said it was in summer, then in winter, now we have the coronavirus which makes it more difficult to complete the qualification games. I think they should decide maybe to have it later. That would help many of the nations and many of the players also who represent Africa in the world.”
“It’s much better to do it in the European summer anyway. I think the best Cup of Nations was the last one in the summer and it’s not just because we won it.
“With a Cup of Nations in January it’s in the middle of the season, you come back straight away to play for your club and you can get injured or you can lose your place in the team,”
“This coronavirus you have to think about safety of people and football comes very last unfortunately. To organise the qualifying games is going to be very difficult,” concluded the 34-year-old former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace star.
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