Tuesday, November 29, 2022

AFCON 2023 moved to early 2024 due to Ivory Coast rainy season

The next Africa Cup of Nations will take place again in the middle of the Premier League season, meaning several clubs could be without key players for up to a month.

The 17th edition of the continental championship, AFCON 2023, was originally scheduled to take place next summer in the Ivory Coast.

But heavy floods expected in the West Africa country at that time of year have prompted organizers to move the tournament from June and July 2023 to January and February 2024.

The decision was made on Sunday by the CAF Executive Committee following a meeting in Rabat, Morocco confirmed by CAF president, Dr. Patrice Motsepe, at a press conference.

The 2021 edition took place from January 9 to February 6 2022, with several teams losing important players for the duration of the tournament. For example, Liverpool lost both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for several weeks as Senegal beat Egypt in the final.

The 2022-23 Premier League campaign has already been disrupted to accommodate the World Cup in Qatar.

The final round of matches before the tournament will be played over the weekend of November 12-13 and the league will resume on Boxing Day — eight days after the World Cup final — with the final day scheduled for May 28 2023.

At a press conference on Sunday, the Committee also announced the creation of an African Super League next season, which will be formally launched on August 10.

(Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

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