Cameroon moves AFCON to January 2021


The host of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon has announced that the game will begin on January 9.

The tournament was scheduled to take place in June and July 2020 but was changed because of the “unfavourable” weather in the country at that time of year.

It means a number of Premier League clubs could be without first-team players at a crucial stage of the season.

The 2019 tournament in Egypt was the first one to be held in the summer.Before that, the Cup of Nations had been held in January and February, clashing with the European domestic season.

The change back to a January start means that the tournament will not clash with the expanded Club World Cup, being held in China in June 2021.