Tournament organisers for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have insisted that the competition will go on despite the outbreak of COVID-19, according to Marca.

The tournament is billed to hold in Cameroon as from January 9 to February 6, but there are conflicting reports about whether it will be called off.

Earlier report by French outlet, RMC Sport had claimed that the Central African Federation could be forced to postpone the tournament.

Italian top site, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, on its own claim that there is no risk of calling off the competition.

However, Marca is reporting that the organisers have remained adamant that the binary football event will still happen.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Secretary General has in a statement with the Ministry of Sports and Health of Cameroon reinforced their commitment for the scheduled 2021 AFCON to go ahead as planned despite the fourth wave of COVID-19 and the Omicron virus.

According to the statement fans attending next month tournament will be required to show proof of vaccination and provide a COVID-19 negative PCR test less than 72 hours to a match.

24 teams are set to battle for Africa’s top prize, the opening ceremony is due on the 9th January at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé between host Cameroon and Burkina Faso and the final on the 6 February at the same venue.