Thursday, July 20, 2017

AFCON expands to 24 teams, moved to June/July

A suprise changes to the continent’s highest competition on are on the way after recommendations were made at a symposium on going forward and restrategizing of football on the continent in Morocco on Wednesday.

The African Cup of Nations finals is poised to be expanded and its timing changed but it will continue to run every two years while the Total/Caf Champions League and Total/Caf Confederation Cup will now run from August to May.

Moving the Nations Cup from January to June ends the club versus country disagreement facing African players based at clubs in Europe.

The competition is to be moved to June and July when all major leagues are on a break with players not engaged in any club activities.

The tournament will now have 24 teams‚ which is almost half the membership of CAF, a move stipulated at increasing marketing and TV revenue‚ taking a queue fromUEFA who did the same with the European Championship held last year, with Portugal emerging champions.
This decision surely will pave way for more transfer of African players to bigger clubs sides now that they don't have to worry about January any longer.

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