Caf postpones Africa U20 championship

first_imgThe Black Satellites plans for the Africa U20 championship have been severely hit after the tournament was postponed indefinitely because of the civil strife in Libya.With just two weeks before the tournament’s originally scheduled starting date, a new host is still unknown.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says the name of the new host will be known in the coming days.The tournament was expected to kick off in Libya in two weeks’ time but the country has been embroiled in civil strife for over two weeks.The wave of social and political unrest sweeping across the country has forced Caf to consider its options.“Due to security concerns and the current unstable political situation in Libya, the competition has been postponed to a later date and within a location to be confirmed by CAF in the next few days,” Caf said in a statement. “CAF will inform all parties of the new confirmed dates of the event, which shall be held in the first half of this year.”Defending champions Ghana have been paired with Nigeria, Cameroon and The Gambia in Group B of the upcoming African U20 championship in March.Hosts Libya were in Group A, along with Mali, Egypt and Lesotho and the decision to take away the tournament from the country means they will not play in it.The semi-finalists will qualify for the U20 World Cup later in 2011.Ghana are also defending World champions and the Black Satellites are determined to hold on to both crowns. The four teams in each group will meet in a round robin format, with group winners and runners-up progressing to the semi-finals – and a place at the World Cup in Colombia in July.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img