Africa Cup of Nations: Caf dismisses rumours the tournament could be moved

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed rumours that the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) could be moved away from Cameroon following the recent discovery of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

The new variant has led to travel restrictions being introduced by some countries for several African nations.

The latest to be added to the United Kingdom's 'red list' is Nigeria, a neighbour of Cameroon's.

Africa's football showpiece, which has already been delayed because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, is due to kick off on 9 January in Yaounde.

In recent days, some media organisations have suggested that the dates of the tournament could change or even move location, possibly to Qatar.

Caf's director of communications Alex Siewe says neither his organisation nor leading Cameroon officials have discussed such events.

"We can't keep spending time dealing with rumors. We are on site. We are working," he told BBC Sport Africa.

"We did not receive any other message or information from our leaders. Nothing such as changing of dates or countries. We did not discuss such during all our last meetings."

Staff from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) have arrived in Cameroon ready to organise the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

"An Official delegation from Caf has been released and General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba is joining us in two days" Siewe added.

The European Club Association, an independent body which represents clubs across Europe, has expressed its "deep concerns" regarding player welfare ahead of the tournament, adding that the public health situation "continues to deteriorate in an alarming manner".

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