The Confederation of African Football has described as “lies” and “fake news” widespread reports suggesting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which will be held in Cameroon and is due to start on 9 January and run until 6 February is on the verge of being called off.
French media outlet RMC had reported on Tuesday that CAF was under pressure from European clubs to call off the continental showpiece due to fears players maybe be exposed to the rapidly spreading Omicron coronavirus variant.
The reports said CAF’s leaders would meet on Wednesday to deliberate on the next steps with a likely outcome being the cancellation of the tournament
But the organisers are adamant that the AFCON will take place with CAF Head of Media Relations and Operations, Lux September describing the reports as ”fake news”.
“Of course these are lies. There has not been a single meeting where this was discussed,” September said regarding the reports.
“But we all know the source of misinformation from some ‘lobby’ groups . They always undermine Africa. We know them”.
Three-time African champions Nigeria have been drawn with record winners Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations.
A total of twenty-four teams will compete at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.