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Coronavirus: Fifa postpones Cameroon vs Chile 2020 Women’s Olympic play-off – NewsASAP
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Coronavirus: Fifa postpones Cameroon vs Chile 2020 Women’s Olympic play-off

The doubleheader earlier scheduled to be played in April will no longer take place due to the concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic

The 2020 Women’s Olympic play-off between Cameroon and Chile earlier billed for April has been postponed indefinitely following the coronavirus pandemic.

The doubleheader between the African giants and the 2018 Copa America Women’s Cup runners-up was initially scheduled to be a home-and-away two-legged tie on 9 and 15 April 2020.

However, the Covid-19 outbreak has brought football activities to a halt globally, affecting 163 countries, including Cameroon and Chile with varying numbers of positive cases.

On Tuesday, Fifa announced the decision to temporarily place the playoff on hold in a bid to avoid further health risks and challenges to the teams.

“Due to the challenges and assessed risks currently posed by Covid-19, the two legged-playoff series between Cameroon and Chile for a ticket to Tokyo 2020 initially scheduled for April have been postponed to later dates, to be confirmed,” Fifa said in a tweet.

After missing an automatic African slot, Cameroon are hoping to make a return to the Olympics since their debut in 2012, while Chile are eyeing a historic maiden qualification via the play-off.

The winner will join hosts Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, Great Britain, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, United States, Zambia and Australia for the 2020 Women’s Olympic football tournament in Tokyo.

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