Adlene Guedioura: 'AFCON 2021 Should Be Cancelled Or Postponed'

Africa Cup of Nations winner Adlene Guedioura says next year's tournament should be postponed or even cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.
Guedioura helped Algeria to lift the title in 2019, playing every single game in Egypt.

The 2021 tournament was scheduled to take place in June and July but was changed earlier this year to January and February because of the "unfavourable" weather in host country Cameroon at that time of year.

It means a number of Europe-based players will have to leave their clubs in the middle of what is likely to be an already delayed and congested season due to the current suspension of football.

Guedioura told BBC World Service:

I know that Africa Cup of Nations is important and it's good for the countries to organise it but this one in 2021 I think it should be cancelled or postponed.

First they said it was in summer, then in winter, now we have the coronavirus which makes it more difficult to complete the qualification games.

I think they should decide maybe to have it later. That would help many of the nations and many of the players also who represent Africa in the world.

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