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CAF suspends Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to coronavirus concerns

Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop feel the correct decision has been made to suspend all major leagues in Europe.

The Confederation of African Football has suspended the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers originally scheduled for the FIFA break at the end of this month and early April until further notice due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

This comes in the wake of the World Health Organisation declaring the outbreak as a pandemic with the number of new infections growing exponentially around the world and in spite of the African continent seeing the least number of reported cases.

Early this week,...

Kelechi Iheancho's recall ignites battle for Super Eagles striker spots

Kelechi Iheanacho's good form over the past few months has earned the Leicester striker an expected recall to Nigeria's squad, as Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr appears to be developing a habit for call-up curveballs.

His 24-man roster for this month's double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone include defender Kingsley Ehizibue, a German-born, Dutch passport holder, whose invitation came far out of left field.

Virtually unknown until his name showed up on Rohr's squad list,...

Kanu suggests drastic alternative to January AFCON schedule

Jurgen Klopp promises that less games and more rest for players will take football to the next level.

Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu has suggested a drastic solution to the Confederation of African Football's scheduling problem around the Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF acceded to a request by Cameroon's local organising committee last month to stage the 2021 tournament in January. This comes just one edition after it was played in June-July for the first time last year in sweltering Egypt.

CAF's decision was roundly criticized in Europe, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp describing it as "a catastrophe"...

Africa Cup of Nations qualifying: Five big observations

Less than four months after Algeria defeated Senegal to clinch the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, qualifying for the 2021 edition has begun, with a series of fascinating fixtures across the continent during the international break.

There were shocks aplenty, several fine performances, and a handful of individuals who stood out above the rest. Here are Ed Dove's five big observations from the opening two rounds of Afcon qualifying.

Afcon champions remain the team to beat

Six teams took the maximum...

Africa Cup of Nations: Ethiopia stun Ivory Coast, Madagascar bag record win

Ethiopia caused the first real shock of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they came from behind to stun the Ivory Coast with a 2-1 victory in their Group K clash in Bahir Dar on Tuesday.

Serge Aurier gave the Ivorians an early lead when he knocked in a rebound after Max Gradel's free kick had been parried into his path by home goalkeeper Abel Mamo.

Yet Ethiopia were level on 16 minutes as Surafel Dagnachew's free kick was deflected in off the wall, before Shemeles Bekele shrugged off...