The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has just postponed 2021 AFCON U 17 tournament due to start this week after hosts Morocco pulled out due to increase in COVID-19 infections in the North African country.
The development comes after a decision by the CAF Emergency Committee that sat Monday 8th March to discuss developments regarding Morocco closing its airspace and borders.
It should be noted that authorities in Morocco last week suspended all flights to and fro several countries as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Some of the countries that Morocco imposed a ban include; Italy and Belgium.
Additionally all flights between Morocco and Denmark, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine were also suspended.
Four countries including Uganda, Zambia and Senegal and Ivory Coast had already arrived in Morocco so far in preparation for the final tournament that was supposed to take place between 13th -31st March.
Reports indicate CAF has already reached out to Tanzania to serve as emergence hosts to the Championship.
It should be noted that the East African nation hosted the previous edition in 2018 and is one of the few countries that have allowed football activities including allowing fans into stadia to move on normally.
With the CAF elective Assembly meant to take place in Rabat on Friday this week, CAF has not issued an update on whether it will go on or not.
It is reported that there is a contingent of CAF staff currently stranded in Morocco and another group who are in Cairo, Egypt barred from traveling to Morocco.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets is one of the 12 teams expected at the finals of the 14th edition of the tournament.
The semifinalists at the tournament will automatically qualify the 2021 World U17 finals in Peru later in the year.