Confederation of African Football, CAF, has announced the postponement of the African Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, and other qualifiers due to the coronavirus the outbreak.
The matches had been scheduled to hold between March 25 and March 31 across match centres on the continent.
The Super Eagles were supposed to face the Leone Stars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.
But following the growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, CAF in a statement on Friday announced that it was postponing all the games on Match Day 3 and 4 indefinitely.
CAF in its statement said it was forced to make the changes following the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as a pandemic.
“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,” the African Football governing body said.
CAF has also postponed qualifiers for the 2020 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for April and this month’s Women’s Under-20 World Cup preliminaries.
“We would like to assure you that CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the competent authorities such as WHO (World Health Organisation) on the impact of the virus in the continent and CAF competitions,” the statement said.