Africa Cup of Nations Moved to January Over Climate Concerns

16 Janvier, 2020, 04:52 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • The Africa Cup of Nations trophy

The 2021 African Cup of Nations is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global soccer calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with European clubs.

The tournament was due to be held in June and July but, due to weather conditions in the country at that time of year, the Cameroon Football Federation has made a decision to stage it between January 9 and February 6. The change of date was due to weather conditions in the country at that time of year.

Officials had met with representatives from the CAF in Younde on Wendesday to discuss the date change for the tournament.

However different weather patterns in Africa in various regions on the continent means that the rainfall would be heavy in Cameroon during the summer which has forced CAF to revert to the January-February schedule.

The 2019 tournament - hosted by Egypt and won by Algeria - was held in July, as CAF elected to move the tournament to fit in line with the northern hemisphere summer, meaning clubs in Europe's major leagues were unaffected.

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However, the new timing will avoid a clash with Fifa's revamped 24-team Club World Cup to be played in China in June and July 2021.

"We have reviewed the period of the competition as requested by the Cameroonian party due to unfavourable climatic conditions during the period initially slated", Caf's deputy general secretary Tony Baffoe read from a statement.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) are also likely to feature in addition to Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez as well as a number of other Premier League club first-team players.

"A detailed report will be presented to the members of the Executive Committee at the next meeting scheduled for February 6, 2020".

A month later Caf announced that Cameroon had agreed to host the 2021 edition instead.

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