The Confederation of African Football has announced that the draw for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been postponed.
In an official statement on the CAF website, the federation has confirmed that the draw that was scheduled to take place on June 25 will not go ahead.
The statement claims that the draw has been suspended for “logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic”.
While CAF say that the draw will be rescheduled, Eurosport have claimed that the decision will put the tournament into doubt.
The competition was originally due to be held this year, before the pandemic ensured that it was postponed. The postponement of this draw is yet another blow.
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Host country Cameroon is also currently dealing with a civil war. This and the pandemic may make it impossible for the tournament to be played.
AFCON is due to begin in January 2022.
AFCON suspension would be good news for Liverpool
If the reports of AFCON 2022 being put in doubt are true, Liverpool would likely breathe a sigh of relief.
As mentioned, the tournament is set to take place in January and February. This would lead to key Liverpool players being unavailable for up to a month.
Both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah would be playing for their respective countries. Naby Keita is also set to travel, although he is not guaranteed to even be a Liverpool player by then.
If both Mane and Salah were missing over a month of football, Liverpool would be in serious bother.
In fact, the club will certainly have the tournament in mind as we head into the summer transfer window. The Reds simply have to sign some non-African forwards to get them through the period in which Mane and Salah will be absent.
However, if these reports are true, they won’t have to worry about it.
It would be hard on the players, but the Liverpool higher-ups will certainly hope that it is called off.
After 2020/21 was clouded by setbacks, the Reds could do with a smooth 2021/22.