The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Sunday that the African Nations Cup, scheduled to take place in Côte d’Ivoire between June and July 2023, has been postponed to early 2024.
South African CAF president Patrice Motsepe announced at a press conference following a meeting of the federation’s executive office in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, that the African Nations Championship “will be held in January and February 2024. “
He attributed the reason to the rainy season in Ivory Coast during the summer months.
The tournament was held for decades at the beginning of the year to prevent heavy rains in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, before the African Union decided to change the date to summer to align with the international agenda.
After Egypt hosted the 2019 championship in June and July, the subsequent tournament in Cameroon was postponed to last February instead of the planned summer 2021 date.
By holding the tournament in January and February, several problems arise with European clubs, which many African professionals play for, and they face a crisis of giving up during that crucial time of the local season.
Senegal won the latter tournament, for the first time in its history, after beating Egypt in the final on penalties after the game ended in a goalless draw.
On the other hand, the Confederation of African Football has decided to restore the old system of the African Champions League and Confederation Cup (Confederation Cup) so that the final will be played in the home and away system, after being played from one play-off in three editions.
CAF decided to launch a new tournament called the “African Super League” in the summer of 2023, Motsebi said.