The Confederation of African Soccer (CAF),has introduced the postponement of the subsequent Africa Cup of Nations, saying that it wil be held in Cote d’Ivoire in 2024.
The event was to be hosted in June-July 2023, which is the peak of the wet season in Ivory Coast.
“We can’t take the danger,” the South African mentioned within the Moroccan capital Rabat.
With the World Cup in Qatar happening in November and December this yr, the choice has been taken to postpone the finals reasonably than deliver them ahead.
It means the Nations Cup will probably be held in January and February for the second time in a row, after this yr’s event in Cameroon.
In 2017, Caf introduced that it will transfer the finals from their conventional January-February slot to June-July in a bid to keep away from repeated disputes with European golf equipment compelled to launch gamers in the midst of the season.
“January shouldn’t be the best time due to the European golf equipment, however it’s the solely selection we now have,” Motsepe added.
Beneath former Caf president Issa Hayatou, who was overthrown in 2017, African soccer’s ruling physique refused to countenance any potential change of date for the months the continent’s flagship sports activities occasion is hosted.
But simply 4 months after taking cost, Hayatou’s successor – Ahmad of Madagascar – turned this coverage on its head following session with the continent’s officers.
Caf Secretary-Basic Veron Mosengo-Omba mentioned there are not any plans to completely transfer the finals again to January-February given the contrasting climate patterns throughout the continent at totally different instances of the yr.