The Confederation of African Football has dismissed reports that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations could be cancelled just three weeks before the start of the tournament on 9 January 2022.

French outlet RMC claimed that the CAF board is currently discussing the possible cancellation of the football event due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

But┬áCAF Head of Media Relations and Operations, Lux September describes the reports as “fake news”.

This is not the first time CAF has been forced to clear the air on the confussion surrounding the hosting of the tournament.

Early in the month, director of communications Alex Siewe dismissed rumours that the venue could be changed following the recent discovery of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Cameroon.