Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
Money | By Charlene Sutton

AFCON's date switch will make African players attractive - Dosu

AFCON's date switch will make African players attractive - Dosu

AFCON will also be held exclusively in Africa and feature only nations from the continent after suggestions CAF could host the tournament elsewhere and invite non-African teams to compete.

Cameroon - the current champions, will host the tournament in 2019, and there will be 24 countries contesting compared to the usual 16 which has been in use since 1996.

The change of timing will be welcomed by European club sides, many of whom have lost players at vital periods of the season in years gone by because of the time slot.

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CAF president Ahmad said Zanzibar, which is part of Tanzania, was admitted against CAF rules.

CAF are holding a two-day symposium on the development of African football in Rabat, Morocco where the plans could be ratified.

The competition will continue to be held every two years, in Africa and only with African countries.

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It had been claimed earlier this week that they were falling behind schedule in their preparations but Cameroon Sports Minister Ismael Bidoung insisted the tournament would take place as planned.

When Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad scored a shock Caf presidential triumph over long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou last March, he vowed to thoroughly review African football.

Pinnick on Wednesday in Rabat told the gathering of African football's decision makers why CAF's flagship tournament should be expanded.

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At the first expansion of the AFCON participating teams from eight to tweve in 1992, the tournament was held on an experimental basis in January.

CAF's executive committee was also increased from 16 to 23 members under Friday's new statutes, which CAF said were passed with 50 votes in favor and three abstentions.

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