The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has dispelled rumours that next month’s Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, could be moved away from Cameroon following the recent discovery of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The Omicron variant has caused some countries to introduce travel restrictions, especially towards several African nations, with Nigeria, and Cameroon being the latest to be added to the United Kingdom’s ‘red list’.
In recent days, some media organisations have suggested the dates of the 24-team tournament could change or even the location be moved, possibly to Qatar.
CAF’s director of communications, Alex Siewe says neither his organisation nor leading Cameroon officials have discussed such events.
“We can’t keep spending time dealing with rumours,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“We did not receive any other message or information from our leaders – nothing such as changing of dates or countries. We did not discuss such during all our last meetings.”
“We are on site. We are working.”
Africa’s football tournament, which has already been delayed because of the global pandemic, is due to kick off on 9 January 2022 in Yaounde, with its finals on 6 February.