The Under-17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that was due to start in Morocco has been cancelled in a decision taken by the Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

“The Committee was made aware of the constraints faced by some of the participating member associations as well as the host country,” a statement from CAF said.

“That includes the fact that the coronavirus pandemic continues to present significant challenges for the organization of international sporting events.

“Taking into account the cancellation by FIFA of the Under-17 World Cup for which the U-17 Nations Cup was no longer qualifying, the Committee further noted:

  • The resurgence of the Covid19 pandemic
  • Increased restrictions on international travel
  • Uncertainty about the evolution of the situation

“For all these reasons, the Committee decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the Total Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations.”

5 of the 11 teams that had qualified to join hosts Morocco at the tournament had already arrived in the country to prepare for the tournament. They were Ivory Coast, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.