AFCON : CAF limits stadium Capacities due to COVID-19
After a meeting with the Cameroonian government, The African Football Federation said Additional rules will be applied due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stadiums will have their capacity capped at 80 per cent for the host’s matches. Other fixtures will only be played in front of 60 per cent of the ground’s capacity.
A total of 24 teams will be playing in the African Cup of Nations competition, four teams in every group, with a total of six groups. To reach the final, a team will need to qualify from its group stage and then win both the quarter and semi-final, playing a total of six matches in six different stadiums.
It has already been made mandatory that Spectators coming to watch the matches will go through vaccination and negative tests.
Sadly, even with the preventive measures in place, many teams have been affected by the virus. Senegal soccer squad was forced to delay its flight to the AFCON after players and six members of the backroom staff tested positive for the COVID-19
Numerous teams in the AFCON competition such as Tunisia, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast Malawi and Nigeria have recorded cases of the virus affecting their Team Members.
Despite the setback, football lovers are praying and being optimistic that the games will still hold. This coming Sunday’s match between the hosts and Burkina Faso will be played at the Olembe stadium in Yaounde.