Africa Cup of Nations 'on verge of being postponed' over Covid fears with 40 Premier League stars in limbo over call

THE Africa Cup of Nations is on the verge of being postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus variant Omicron, according to reports.

AFCON is scheduled to get underway in Cameroon on January 9 and the Premier League are due to lose up to 40 stars who are competing in the tournament.



However, the tournament is at risk of being postponed.

Egyptian journalist Ismael Mahmoud reports that a postponement of the tournament is likely to happen.

Another alternative on the table is that the tournament continues, but without players who are based in Europe.

There are also reports emerging from French media that the tournament is in doubt.

Should the tournament be shelved, it would be a welcome boost for those Prem teams set to lose their African players.

Liverpool have the most to gain with key trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita all expected to play in the New Year tournament.

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Chelsea would lose first-team goalkeeper Edouard Mendy should AFCON go ahead.

And defending Prem champions Manchester City would lose Riyad Mahrez.

Despite the emerging reports, CAF general secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba is determined for the tournament to go ahead, and says he is 'not resting' to make sure it happens.

He said: "The meetings were important in getting a level of understanding on the state of readiness in Cameroon.

"There is a lot of work that is being done. We have to continue with the same momentum. We cannot rest. We have to work around the clock.

"I'm not resting, the LOC cannot rest. CAF cannot rest. Everyone must join the efforts. We want to see a great TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations here in Cameroon in January next year.

"Together with the Minister of Sport, we discussed all the pending issues and the way forward."

SKY PLAN

Sky Sports announced on Wednesday morning they're scheduled to show all 53 AFCON games.

Sky Sports Director of Football, Gary Hughes said: "This is excellent news for football fans, who love to watch the best players in the world including Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.

"We're delighted to be adding this fantastic competition to our ever-expanding football offering in the UK & Ireland which already includes Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and FA Women's Super League as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, placing Sky Sports as the home of live football."

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