CAF Postpones 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. See Why

The President of the Confederation of African Football, Dr. Patrice Motsepe announced on Sunday, June 3 the postponement of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The showpiece was earlier scheduled to hold from June 23 to July 23, 2023. Consequently, the tournament will now hold between January and February 2024.

This is not the first time that the Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed. Recall that it was moved from March 2020 to 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. This time, the CAF President blames the adjustment to the adverse weather condition in Cรดte dโ€™Ivoire, the host of the tournament.

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June and July are usually rainy seasons in Cรดte dโ€™Ivoire. Speaking during a press conference in Morocco, Dr. Motsepe said,

โ€œThe new date of the 2023 AFCON will now be between January and February 2024. We discussed this issue among several others at our congress meeting here in Morocco. We will publicize the official dates later.โ€

โ€œIt is not good for Africa to play washed out tournamentโ€

Inasmuch as decisions were already made before the last congress meeting, Dr. Motsepe said it was wise to listen to partners. He considered hosting the tournament at the earlier scheduled date as a โ€˜riskโ€™ that the confederation was unwilling to take.

โ€œItโ€™s bad for the African soccer tournament to be washed out. It is bad for Africa and the entire continent, so, we have to reschedule it.โ€

Preparations were already n top gear for the continental showpieceโ€”and Dr. Motsepe did not fail to notice. He applauded Ivory Coast for their level of preparedness for the competition.

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โ€œI am excited and awestruck with the infrastructure Ivory Coast has put in place in preparation for the tournament,โ€ Motsepe said, โ€œIโ€™m certain they will host a great tournament.โ€

Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe (Photo credit: cafonline)

With the exception of Group C comprising Cameroon, Burundi, Namibia, and Kenya, all the other groups have played two rounds of matches. Heavyweights in the tournaments namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Mali, Senegal, and Morocco are all topping their respective groups with 6 points.

The next round of matches for the qualifiers will be in August. Africaโ€™s representatives at the World Cup will fancy this opportunity as a preparation for their World Cup bid.

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