The decision was taken on Tuesday by the CAF Executive Committee, which met by videoconference to talk about the future of the competition. Although no concrete dates have been revealed about the matches to be played, the CAF said that the championship host remains.
Cited by Jornal de Angola, he justified the decision by stressing that "health is an absolute priority". "The peak of the pandemic has not yet been reached" in several African countries and therefore health must be put first, he said.
Angola will have to keep waiting to know if it will enter the competition. The assessment phase for the CAN started this year, before the pandemic. However, as the disease developed, the games were all put on 'stand-by'.
At the end of March, the Angolan national team was going to play the third day of Group D qualifying with the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, the matches were postponed. Angola are the only team in their group not to have scored points, having lost two games against Gambia and Gabon.
The CAF also decided to postpone the CAN to the women's class. This championship was also scheduled to take place this year. However, the women's CAN will give way to next year's CAF Champions League.
As for the competition scheduled for 2023 in Côte d'Ivoire, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has assured that it will continue.