The choice was arrived at a CAF Emergency Committee assembly which held on Monday March 8, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.
The U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to happen in Morocco from March 13 to 31, 2021 will now not maintain. The match was annulled throughout a CAF Emergency Committee assembly that held on Monday March 8, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco. Amongst different causes raised for the cancelation of the match are the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, elevated restrictions on worldwide travels and uncertainty concerning the evolution of the scenario. The committee equally took into consideration the cancellation of the Underneath-17 World Cup which the U-17 AFCON was now not a qualifying move.
The choice to cancel the U-17 AFCON got here as a giant blow to a few of the collaborating groups on condition that that they had spent months in getting ready their junior choices for the competitors. The groups already in Morocco together with Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda must pack their luggage and depart for his or her dwelling international locations. The U-17 Lions didn’t fall on this class following two failed makes an attempt to penetrate Moroccan soil. The final try was made on March 7, 2021 barely 24 hours to the choice to cancel the match was taken. The boys have left camp for his or her respective houses with a few of their desires to ever take part in any U-17 AFCON killed as a result of age issue.
It’s price mentioning that the selection to annul the match comes inside six weeks after Cameroon hosted the African Nations Championship (CHAN) and Mauritania internet hosting the U-20 AFCON nonetheless throughout the Coronavirus well being context.
That is the second main continental occasion Morocco is failing to host. The primary was the 2015 AFCON which the nation refused to host citing the Ebola Virus. The competitors was instantly shifted to Equatorial Guinea which comfortably performed host to the continental occasion. Maybe identical situation didn’t occur for the 2021 U-17 AFCON as a result of the timing of the choice made it troublesome for the competitors to be shifted to a brand new venue. Nonetheless, the cancelation of the lads’s U-17 AFCON joins a bunch of different worldwide sports activities occasion annulled as a result of Covid-19.