Speaking during a meeting of the CAF executive committee in Morocco, which is hosting the women’s Cup of Nations, Motsepe said the organization didn’t want to take the chance of holding the competition in the rain.
In 2024, not 2023, Ivory Coast will host the next Africa Cup of Nations, according to Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe.
The Ivory Coast’s rainiest months of June to July 2023 were when the 34th Africa Cup competition was scheduled to take place. After this year’s competition in Cameroon, it means that the Nations Cup will be contested in January and February for the second consecutive year.
The (Caf) president added that although January is not the ideal time due to the European clubs, it is our only option.
In an effort to avoid further conflicts with European clubs required to release players in the middle of the season, Caf stated in 2017 that it would relocate the finals from their customary January-February timeframe to June-July.
Given the diverse weather patterns across the continent at various seasons of the year, Caf also stated that it is confirmed that they are no intentions to permanently move the finals back to January or February.
The most recent African Cup, which took place in 2022 and was hosted by Cameroon, was won by Senegal. After extra time, the score remained 0-0, forcing a penalty shootout, which Senegal won by defeating Egypt 4-2 on the spot.
The tournament acts as a platform for African players’ skills. African fans were attracted by the lively style of play, which also drew European potential scouts, agents, and journalists. Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, who holds the record for the most goals scored in a Cup of Nations career, and striker Laurent Pokou of Ivory Coast are two of the tournament’s best players.
The most successful nation in the competition is Egypt, who has won the AFCON seven times, including three straight times between 2006 and 2010. The Pharaohs will try to reverse that in the upcoming tournament, but they haven’t won the competition since then.