Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
13 Mar 2020
7:17 pm

Bafana Afcon games called off due to Coronavirus

Jonty Mark

South Africa's two 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sao Tome e Principe at the end of the month have been called off, because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki. Pic: BackpagePix

The Confederation of African Football announced on Friday that they had postponed all of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for matchdays three and four.

A statement from Caf on Friday read:

“Following the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as pandemic, CAF has decided to postpone the following competitions until further notice:

– Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Match Day 3 and 4 of the qualifiers scheduled for 25 – 31 March 2020;

– FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Qualifiers: scheduled for 20 – 22 March 2020 and 27- 29 March 2020;

Total Women’s AFCON 2020 Qualifiers: scheduled for 8-14 April 2020.

A new schedule shall be announced in due time.”

Bafana were set to play Sao Tome e Principe on March 27 in Johannesburg and March 31 away from home, with Molefi Ntseki on Thursday naming a 25-man squad. Now, however, it remains to be seen if the squad still goes into camp, with no matches to prepare for.

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