The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2023 will be postponed
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) will be postponed from summer to early 2024 due to weather concerns in Ivory Coast.
The 34th edition of the continent’s biggest international competition was due to take place next year between June and July, with Ivory Coast being entrusted with the organization instead of Cameroon.
But a schedule change has been made to avoid the pitfalls of the rainy season – and for the second consecutive iteration the tournament will take place mid-season for many of its best Europe-based players.
What was said about the call to move AFCON 2023?
« The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will now be played between January and February 2024, » CAF President Dr Patrice Mostepe told a press conference in Morocco. « This is one of the issues we discussed at our congress meeting here in Morocco and the official dates will be communicated later. »
« It was after deliberations that we made this decision, we have partners and even though we make decisions, it is out of respect that we take into account the advice that we receive, which is that we cannot take of risk [pour accueillir le tournoi] and that is why we made the necessary announcement today [dimanche].
That’s why we made the necessary announcement today [dimanche]. « It is not good for African football to play a tournament that can be cancelled, it is not good for Africa and the continent in general and therefore we have to postpone it. I am happy and impressed with the infrastructure put in place by Ivory Coast to prepare for the tournament and I’m sure they will host a very good tournament. »
Has AFCON ever been moved before?
The decision to move the tournament is not the first time that CAF has been forced to revise its plans, with this year’s edition having been brought forward by the Covid-19 pandemic from its original date of 2021.
The federation had previously sought to move to a mid-year slot from their traditional January-February spot in 2019, to reduce clashes between European clubs and nations over the absence of key players.
Senegal will be the defending champions for the next tournament, having beaten Egypt in the final this year.