The decision to host the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon in April 2020 has meant a complete overhaul of fixtures for the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as this will put pressure on African football next year.
CAF decided last week at its executive committee meeting in Cairo, that CHAN 2020 – the African Nations Championship, for locally-based players – would take place from 4-25 April. This means the Champions League, Confederation and domestic leagues would be put on hold temporary in April 2020.
The changes would not affect the first three match days of the African Champions and Confederation group stage games, which means games in the two competition set for this coming weekend kick start.
But the final three match-days, initially set for February and March, will now be moved into January and the first two days of February.
The quarter-final draw is being brought forward to 9 February and the quarter-final phase will now commence at the end of February rather than in April as previously timed.
The CHAN then commence in the month of April. By that time, the CAF Champions League and Confederation will be reduced down to their last four/Semifinals. The two legs of the semi-finals will now take place over the first two weekends of May with the finals at the end of the month.
CAF are introducing a single final at a neutral venue for the first time for both competitions. The Confederation Cup final is on 24 May and the Champions League final on 29 May but the venues are yet to be settled.
- Match day 1: Nov 29-Dec 1
- Match day 2: Dec 6-8
- Match day 3: Dec 27-29
- Match day 4: Jan 10-12
- Match day 5: Jan 24-26
- Match day 6: Jan 31-Feb 2
- Quarter-final first leg: Feb 28-March 1
- Quarter-final second leg: March 6-8
- Semi-final first leg: May 1-3
- Semi-final first leg: May 8-10
- Confederation Cup final: May 24
- Champions League final: May 29