According to an internal source of the CAF, the African competition would be shifted from January to the summer. The number of countries participating in the finals would also increase.
The Africa Cup of Nations will not be held in January 2019, but will probably be moved between June and August. According to AFP, the radical change that the new leadership of the Confederation of African Football wants is explained by the growing number of African players stalking the AfCON, currently played between January and February.
The “weather” argument advanced for decades under Hayatou‘s presidency does not convince the new management team that used meteorologists to determine the feasibility of a competition between June and August according to information obtained by VOA Africa.
The latter mapped and recorded all the precipitation on the African continent over 365 days. According to the findings of the meteorologists, except in Central Africa, rain is not a hindrance to the organization of a “summer” AfCON.
In the case of Central Africa, a modified timetable would be envisaged to allow the tournament to be organized in this part of the continent. The decision will be formalized at the symposium on 18 and 19 July 2017 in Rabat.
“The Symposium of the Confederation of African Football promises the writing of a page of history in the transformation of African football announced by the president of the CAF, Mr. Ahmad, since his election on March 16, 2017,” says the press release of the CAF.
However, the Africa Cup of Nations will continue to be played every two years. A four-year deadline, such as the FIFA World Cup, is not economically feasible according to the CAF. “African Football needs a major tournament every two years,” a source familiar with the matter said.
Another revolution to come might be the number of teams that will participate in the final phase of the AfCON. In line with the increase in the number of participants in the FIFA World Cups, CAF plans to increase the number of qualified countries.