Nations Cup To Be Expanded And Timing Changed: CAF

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 20, 2017

The changes were rubber-stamped by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

As well as the expansion-the first since 1996-the tournament will be shifted from January-February to June-July, a step which brings the competition further in line with the European football calendar.

CAF says the changes should come into effect for the next tournament in 2019 in Cameroon.

However, the AFCON will still be staged every two years.

"For commercial reason, more corporate organisations and stakeholders will be involved and it is certainly a bigger cake for everyone". CAF will be richer and the Member Associations will surely benefit.

They have also announced it will be expanded from 16 teams to 24 moving forward.

CAF President Ahmad and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura have at different fora in Rabat, Morocco affirmed that Nigeria has become a strong player in global football politics and therefore has a key role in driving the new vision of the Confederation of African Football.

However, more venues are needed for the teams' training - some of which were already used when Cameroon hosted the Women's Africa Cup of Nations past year.

Similarly, while CAF's inter-club competitions - the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup - will not be expanded again, the confederation have chose to shift them to an August-May calendar, rather than inside a single calendar year.

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