Nigeria’s upcoming AFCON Qualifiers against Sierra Leone has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Confederation of Africa football CAF announced this in a statement made available in DiegwuSports on Friday as it had decided to postpone the matchday three and four fixtures after an emergency committee meeting that was held today in Cairo.
In addition to the AFCON Qualifiers, the FIFA U-20 World Cup African qualifiers, as well as the Women’s AFCON Qualifiers, has also been postponed.
As for the CAF African Nations Championship CHAN which was scheduled to be held in Cameroun from April 4th to 25th, CAF says it will take a final decision after a visit to the country by the CAF Medical Committee to inspect the medical facilities of the country.
The decision from CAF follows a widespread cancellation of sporting activities from across the world.
All Uefa competitions, including Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played next week, have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
In the Champions League, Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon, Barcelona v Napoli and Bayern Munich v Chelsea are all postponed.
Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus.
All games in England’s Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, and Women’s Championship are postponed.
The Premier League said play will start on 4 April subject to conditions at the time while matches in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are also off.
England’s international friendly matches against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off.
Football in France and Germany’s top-two divisions has been suspended immediately because of coronavirus.
The German Football League (DFL) said there were “suspicions of coronavirus infection in the vicinity of several clubs and their teams and that further infections cannot be ruled out”.
The DFL recommended a Bundesliga 1 and 2 suspension until 2 April.
Hannover’s game against Dresden was canceled after two Hannover players tested positive for the virus.
This weekend’s Bundesliga games were due to be played behind closed doors with a suspension starting on Monday, but the DFL announced the postponement of all games on Friday.
Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) – French football’s governing body – suspended all Ligue 1 and 2 games earlier on Friday.
LFP said the decision was made “unanimously” by the board of directors on Friday and added, “collective interest must be placed above everything”.
“The urgency today is to curb the epidemic, protect the most vulnerable, and avoid displacement,” a statement said.
Games in France were all ready to be played behind closed doors after a ban on all gatherings of more than 1,000 people to prevent the spread of Covid-19.