Reports on AFCON 2025 are untrue: CAF

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Jun 2024

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have denied recent reports suggesting a possible postponement of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.

African Cup of Nations Trophy
African Cup of Nations Trophy

 

Veron Mosengo-Omba, general secretary of the CAF, mentioned on Wednesday that the tournament could be played in 2026 to avoid a scheduling conflict with FIFA's new 32-club World Cup.

The 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by Morocco, is currently scheduled to take place during the summer window.

However, the Club World Cup is set to be held in the United States from 15 June to 13 July next year, creating a potential dilemma.

“We have a problem that we're still discussing now with the same stakeholders and partners: the European Club Association, Uefa and Fifa,” Mosengo-Omba was quoted as saying by the BBC on Wednesday.

“We can play after the Club World Cup, but is this good for the interests of the players who have played all the season and then they travel to America to play [and then] immediately come to play Afcon?” Mosengo-Omba continued.

“We have to put this in balance before [we] take a decision.”

However, the CAF released a statement refuting the reports, emphasizing that no decision has been made regarding the dates of AFCON 2025.

“Reports on AFCON 2025 are untrue,” read a statement on the CAF X account.

“The CAF Executive Committee will meet, deliberate and make a decision on the AFCON 2025 dates.”

“CAF will thereafter issue official statement on the matter.”

The timing of the Africa Cup of Nations has always been a topic of discussion, with many European clubs requesting that the competition be moved from its original winter schedule to the summer.

This is due to the majority of players participating in the tournament being based in Europe.

On the other hand, playing in the summer in Africa presents challenges for players due to the high temperatures and humidity, which affect their performance.

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