The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has cancelled the 2021 Under-17 AFCON tournament that was scheduled for this March in Morocco.
The announcement was made after an emergency meeting was held on Monday in Morocco to determine the coronavirus situation in the North African country and opted to drop the tournament in immediate effect.
This is the second time Morrocco refused to dropped out of hosting African tournaments, citing Ebola virus the first time in 2015. But Equatorial Guinea stepped in and the tournament held.
Unfortunately the timing of the latest decision makes it almost impossible for CAF to get a new host.
The men’s 2021 U-17 AFCON joins a number of International sports events that have been called off since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Five of the 12 participating nations were already in Morocco before the decision was made.
Zambia, Uganda, Senegal, Ivory Coast are expected to return home while hoping to be reimbursed or compensated.
This comes within six weeks after Cameroon and Mauritania played host to the African Nations championship and the Under-20 AFCON respectively.
Meanwhile, the next U-17 AFCON tournament will hold in 2023. The best four finishers will represent Africa in the U-17 World Cup in Peru same year.