Saturday, 22 July 2017

AFCON moved from Jan-Feb to June-July, increased to 24 teams

The African Cup of all Nations (AFCON) have been shifted from the usual January-February date to June-July, which will start from 2019.

The shift is to avoid the disputes with European clubs who have to release their African players in mid-season for the tournament.

The changes were effected by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat, on Friday.

Also, the number of teams have been increased from 16 to 24 so that more African nations can participate.

According to new CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, the competition will still hold once every two years.

CAF executive committee member, Amaju Pinnick, says the increase in the number of teams will triple the football body's income.

The 2019 AFCON will be hosted by Cameroon, who are also the reigning African champions.

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