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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations which was supposed to hold between June-July in Ivory Coast has been postponed to January 2024, according to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

This means the Nations Cup will be held in January and February for the second time in a row.

The last AFCON which was held in Cameroon earlier in January this year was supposed to hold in 2021. However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, CAF pushed the tournament to this year.

In 2017, CAF announced that it would move the tournament from their traditional January-February slot to June-July in a bid to avoid repeated disputes with European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season.

However, CAF, through President Dr Patrice Motsepe, announced on Sunday that the 34th edition, which was initially scheduled for June 23 to July 23, 2023, will not be played as planned due to the weather conditions in the West African country.

Mostepe told the media during a press conference in Morocco:

The 2023 AFCON will now be played between January and February 2024. This is one of the issues we discussed during our congress meeting here in Morocco and the official dates will be communicated later.

It is after deliberations we came into the decision, we have partners and even though we make decisions, it is out of respect that we take the advice we are getting that we cannot take a risk [to host the tournament] and so that is why we have made the necessary announcement today [Sunday].

It is not good for African football to play a tournament that can be washed out, it is not good for Africa and the continent at large and so we have to postpone it.

In Ivory Coast, the rainy season starts around May/June and continues till October/November.

In situations of heavy downpours, some stadiums could get waterlogged. And the possibility of mediocre facilities and poor drainage systems can not be ruled out.

Also, rains could hinder fans from getting to match centers. The transport system in most parts of the continent can not be compared to some of the developed countries in the world.

By Amara

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