Medical experts at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are this weekend assessing the measures taken by Cameroon to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report in AFP.
The country is set to host the 2020 edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN, the competition exclusively for locally-based players) from 4 to 25 April.
Cameroon, at the time of writing, has reported two confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of almost all major sporting events and leagues around the world, with authorities taking drastic measure to slow the disease’s spread.
On Friday, CAF postponed the back-to-back rounds of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which were set to be held in late March. However, CHAN still has the green light to go ahead, with a CAF statement explaining that a delegation “would assess the preventive measures taken by the local organising committee”.
The tournament is set to be held in the capital Yaounde, Douala and Limbe. Cameroon automatically qualify as hosts, while Morocco are the defending champions after winning the tournament on home soil in 2018.
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