Reports breaking have it that the African Cup Nations billed to kick-off next year January could be cancelled.

This comes after European Clubs Association released a statement through FIFA that it has no intention of releasing African players for the tournament.

ECA’s says it won’t release African players in Europe

The bi-annual continental tourney was scheduled to take place in January 2021 but was moved to January 2022 because of COVID-19 and is reportedly under scrutiny and there are now fears it may not hold.

AFCON’21 Group Stage draws

“The Confederation of African Football [CAF] have reportedly opened talks over cancelling the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon next month.”

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Talks are still ongoing and the possibility of the tournament holding is now on the knife edge.

Algeria won the last edition with a 1-0 win over Senegal

However according to Ghanaian journalist Saddick Adams via his Twitter account said reports about cancellation of the tournament have been ‘quashed’ by CAF and tagged as ‘Fake news’.

CAF have quashed reports circulating on several European platforms suggesting that #AFCON2021 is on the brink of cancellation.

CAF Head of Media Relations and Operations, Lux September describes the reports as “Fake news”.

Saddick Adams on Twitter

The next hours will be crucial in determining the fate of the tournament.