In the online CAF executive committee meeting on Tuesday, the leaders of the continent came to the decision for drastic changes in response to the coronavirus crisis on the continent.
With two of the six qualifying rounds played, CAF deemed it possible given the current situation to have the remaining qualification phase and have the biennial tournament in January next year.
"This decision was taken due to the uncertainties about the coronavirus health situation and especially because of the scheduling problems since four rounds of qualifiers would need to be fitted into the October and November windows for global matches", said Ahmad.
The tournament was scheduled to be hosted from next January in Cameroon.
CAF has chose to scrap this year's African Women's Championship. "Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule", Ahmad said.
This decision follows UEFA's decision to move the 2020 European Championship to next year, and CONMEBOL's decision to delay the 2020 Copa America to 2021 too.
For women's football across the continent, the 2020 African Women's Cup of Nations has been cancelled, while Caf has announced the inauguration of a new women's Champions League, which will begin in 2021.