Wednesday, July 19, 2017

AFCON Finals Set To Expand And Dates Moved To June/July

The African Nations Cup finals have been recommended to expand to 24 teams and moved to dates in June and July.

This came out at a symbosium held in Morocco on Wednesday attended by FIFA delegates and CAF executive committee including president Ahmad Ahmad. The decision will be made official on Thursday after ratified by the executive board.

The tournament however, will not be cut to once every four years as suggested earlier during the workshop since it's revenue remain CAF's main source of income.

Timing of the tournament has long been a bone of contention with the majority of the member associations preferring the June/July time frame which runs concurrently with the European league season.

The increase in the number of teams at the tournament was met with mixed emotions as some fear the congestion in the Africa's biggest tournament will consequently wear away its competitiveness, but the motion passed following the success of the European Championship expansion which African observers said had been a success.

Speaking after the workshop, Nigerian Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick said, "From a sporting perspective (the expansion) will allow more opportunity for footballers across the continent. It will increase revenue for CAF and we can triple our income. It will also force more infrastructure development."


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