Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad says that they are not ready to resume football activities before the situation returns to normal.
The Covid19 pandemic has disrupted CAF’s football calendar and the body has had to postpone it’s activities including the CHAN competition, 2021 AFCON Qualifiers, Champions League and Confederation Cup among others.
Speaking to Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW), Ahmad said that CAF is in talks with World Health Organisation, national federations and other stakeholders as they monitor the situation.
“The priority is health. If this crisis continues, it is like any phenomenon of human life,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said, as quoted by DW. “We cannot send our young people to the slaughterhouse.”
“It’s up to us to see and discuss with our business partners, discuss with all those who cooperate with us in the organization of these competitions and we will see then. The urgency defines the priorities.”
The Coronavirus pandemic has claimed 2,078 lives while 18,608 have recovered of the 54,445 confirmed cases as of May 8, in Africa.
“Faced with this situation, CAF has taken measures: our first reaction was to ensure that the staff, who work at the headquarters ( located in Cairo, editor’s note ), can work from home. Then, like everywhere in the world, we have taken steps to completely stop football activities.
“Our priority is first and foremost health: that is to protect the players, protect the officials and protect the public. In all the decisions we made, in all the steps we took, it was the priority of priorities.”