The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has announced a change in the dates for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking during a press conference in Morocco, CAF President, Dr. Patrice Mostepe 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].
“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.”
Motsepe, however, commended Ivory Coast for the level of preparations already put in place to stage the tournament.
“I am happy and impressed with the infrastructure put in place by Ivory Coast in readiness for the tournament and I am sure they will host a very good tournament,” Motsepe said.