ADDIS ABABA – The African Football Confederation (CAF) has moved the 2023 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations finals to January 2024, six months later than scheduled.
The decision was made at a CAF’s Executive Committee meeting held in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, on Sunday.
The next Afcon finals were due to be played in June next year in the Ivory Coast. But concerns over the weather in west Africa in mid-year have dictated a change.
CAF’s decision risks the wrath of European clubs, with many complaining about the clash with league schedules.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the African football governing body’s president Patrice Motsepe said the decision to move the schedule was made after taking the advice of many into consideration.
“We don’t want to run the risk of that our top competition is going to be washed out,” he said, “January is not the best time because the European clubs do not want to release their players but we have no choice.”
On the same day, CAF’s president Motsepe also announced the creation of an African Super League next season, which will be formally launched on 10 August in Arusha, Tanzania.
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