FIFA suspends U20,17 World Cup editions until 2023

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has postponed the 2021 men under-20 and 17 World Cup competitions up until 2023.

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The Uganda U17 players celebrating the CECAFA regional trophy won in Rwanda days ago|COURTESY PHOTO.

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has postponed the 2021 men under-20 and 17 World Cup competitions up until 2023.

FIFA said this has been done due to the uncertainty brought up by the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected almost everything in the world since March this year.
“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to cancel the 2021 editions of the men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and FIFA U-17 World Cup™, and to appoint Indonesia and Peru respectively, who were due to host the tournaments in 2021, as the hosts of the 2023 editions,” a statement from FIFA read on Thursday.

The novel Corona virus has continued to present challenges for the hosting of various international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel.

And thus, FIFA said it has on a regular basis consulted the relevant stakeholders, including the host member associations as well as the confederations involved in both tournaments originally scheduled to take place in 2021.

In doing so, FIFA said it became clear that the global situation has failed to normalise to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways.

“FIFA would like to express its gratitude to the host member associations, as well as the authorities in Indonesia and Peru, for their commitment and the tournament preparations made so far. FIFA looks forward to continuing to work closely together with the host countries to organise successful tournaments,” FIFA added.

Uganda is one of the African countries still on course to qualify for both tournaments.

The Uganda U20 beat Tanzania 4-1 in the CECAFA regional tournament and qualified for the Afcon qualifiers scheduled to take place in Mauritania in 2021.

Meanwhile, the under 17 qualified for Afcon that will be held in Morocco next year after edging out Tanzania 3-1 in Rwanda just a few days ago.

Despite losing to Uganda on both ocassions, Tanzania too earned a ticket for the second Cecafa representative to the two tournaments.

It’s from the two tournaments that African ambassadors to both Indonesia and Peru respectively will be selected.

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