Now however, after an online meeting of the CAF executive committee, it has been confirmed that the tournament will take place a year later in Cameroon in 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The COVID-19 epidemic has caused chaos around the world, with football around the world being affected.
The European Championships scheduled to take place this summer have been postponed until next year, and now Africa has done the same with their respective tournaments.
This will give Liverpool a major boost, which has a few players who should have left mid-season to participate in the tournament.
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Sadio Mane would have been a key player for Senegal, as was Mohamed Salah for Egypt, with the pair often being the front line focal point of their team.
The move means Mane and Salah will be able to stay with Liverpool for the duration of the 2020/21 season, resolving a potential selection dilemma for Jurgen Klopp.