We Moved 2023 Cup of Nations to 2024 due to Rainy Season — CAF President, Patrice Motsepe

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The prestigious bi-annual  African Cup of Nations which is slated to be held in Côte d’Ivoire in June 2023, has been rescheduled to be held in January and February 2024. According to CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, who made the announcement over the weekend, the changes were done due to the concerns over the rainy season in the country.


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Patrice Motsepe made the announcement at a press conference held in Morocco on Sunday, July 3, and applauded the Ivorians for the preparations they have already put in place to stage the tournament, and apologized for the late change in time. While speaking to the media on Saturday, Patrice Motsepe said;

 

“The 2023 AFCON will now be played between January and February 2024,” “This is one of the issues we discussed during our congress meeting here in Morocco and the official dates will be communicated later.

 

 

“It is after deliberations we came into the decision, we have partners and even though we make decisions, it is out of respect that we take the advice we are getting that we cannot take a risk (to host the tournament) and so that is why we have made the necessary announcement today (Sunday).

 

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“It is not good for African football to play a tournament that can be washed out, it is not good for Africa and the continent at large and so we have to postpone it.” – he added.

 

Aside the decision to postpone the 2023 AFCON, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup finals were reverted to home and away format.

 

CAF confirmed that the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League will hold also in Morocco in October; Mozambique will host Futsal AFCON while Beach Soccer AFCON has been awarded to Egypt

 

 

 

 

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