Super Eagles legend, Mutiu Adepoju has backed the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
The ex-international made this known in a tweet posted on his personal handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
CAF had held an executive committee meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Thereafter, it rose from the meeting with a decision to shift the AFCON; previously scheduled for commencement on January 9, 2021 in Cameroon; to 2022 owing to the rampaging scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation; the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” CAF had disclosed in a statement.
Consequently, Mutiu Adepoju, christened The Headmaster during his playing days for his aerial prowess; had taken to the micro-blogging site to commend the decision.
He affirmed that the decision on the AFCON would allow hosts Cameroon more time to plan. Also, he noted that the shift would also aid participating countries in their preparations.
“I was wondering about the kind of magic the Confederation of African would perform to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. But with this postponement, there is more time for effective planning for the hosts, while countries would have enough time to prepare.
“And by then, players would really be in their best shape. Good decision from Caf,” he had tweeted.
Meanwhile, qualifying games for the AFCON are yet to be concluded. Also, the commencement of the competition as earlier planned may have affected players based in Europe. while Europe-based stars might be affected because of a likely congested season should the competition go as planned.
Meanwhile, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad also refuted rumours that the Cameroon would be replaced as hosts. Cameroon were denied the hosting right of the 2019 edition due to poor preparations.