Nightmare for membership soccer as the following Africa Cup of Nations is MOVED again by six months to January 2024 as a consequence of climate issues within the Ivory Coast… that means the continent’s main stars will miss a raft of home matches
- The following Africa Cup of Nations finals have been rescheduled for January 2024
- African Soccer Confederation boss Patrice Motsepe feared a climate wash-out
- The confederation had been given warnings about their unique summer season plans
- Motsepe acknowledged golf equipment could be sad however mentioned there was ‘no selection’
The African Soccer Confederation (CAF) has switched the dates of the following Africa Cup of Nations finals to January 2024, six months later than scheduled, the ruling physique’s president Patrice Motsepe mentioned on Sunday.
The finals have been as a consequence of be performed in June subsequent yr within the Ivory Coast, which stays as host.
However issues over the climate in west Africa in mid-year have dictated a change.
The 2024 version of the Africa Cup of Nations will now be held in January quite than summer season
The finals have been switched as a result of there are issues over the wet season in west Africa
“We took a lot of advice and we decided we cannot take a risk,” Motsepe informed a information convention.
“We don’t want to run the risk of that our top competition is going to be washed out.”
He didn’t reply a query about why it had taken so lengthy for CAF to make the change, given it had been warned of the wet season when it was introduced it will happen in mid-2023.
CAF moved the internet hosting of its continental championship to mid-year in 2019 to keep away from the membership versus nation tussle for its prime gamers.
Premier League stars equivalent to Edouard Mendy (pictured) and Mohamed Salah are prone to play
However climate issues and the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the final version to be performed in Cameroon in January, reigniting complaints from golf equipment in Europe compelled to surrender their African gamers to nationwide obligation in mid-season.
“January is not the best time because the European clubs do not want to release their players but we have no choice,” Motsepe added.
He hinted that CAF would now have the ability to postpone qualifying matches scheduled for September to permit its 5 World Cup finals representatives an opportunity to organise harder friendlies towards international locations from different continents as a part of their build-up for Qatar.
“We want to do everything possible to help our national teams who are going to Qatar,” Motsepe mentioned.
He refused to present any particulars concerning the make up of the brand new Tremendous League, which he mentioned wouldn’t substitute Africaâs current Champions League.
He mentioned there could be a launch on the CAF Congress in Arusha, Tanzania in August.
“We are going to have a total revision of all club fixtures for all the competitions,” he added.
An African Tremendous League has been mooted for a number of years, first proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino who insisted it will entice extra sponsors to the African sport.
The idea has met with a muted response in Africa in distinction to the fervent opposition to an analogous proposal in Europe final yr, which shortly scuppered the concept.