CAF postpones 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

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The next Africa Cup of Nations has been moved from 2023 to 2024, CAF president Patrice Motsepe Sunday told reporters.

The biannual tournament was to be hosted in June-July 2023, which is the height of the rainy season in Ivory Coast.
Thus, Mr. Motsepe said CAF “cannot take the risk.”

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With the World Cup in Qatar taking place in November and December this year, authorities at CAF decided to postpone the finals rather than bring them forward.

It means the Nations Cup will therefore, be held in January and February for the second time in a row, after this year’s tournament in Cameroon.

In 2017, Confederation of African football announced that it would move the finals from their traditional January-February slot to June-July. This, CAF said was to avoid repeated disputes with European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season.

Although Mr. Motsepe agrees “January is not the ideal time because of the European clubs,” he said it remains the only alternative.

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