The acting General Secretary of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Abdelmounaïm Bah has disclosed that AFCON 2023 will be held from June to July.
Speaking to BBC, Abdelmounaïm Bah who doubles as the Commercial director of CAF a position he has occupied since June 2018 said AFCON 2023, scheduled to be the 34th edition of the biennial international men’s football championship will be played in June.
“As of today, the 2023 Nations Cup is planned for June/July because, to make it clear, in the regulations we have decided to play all Nations Cups in June/July,” Bah told BBC Sport Africa.
The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Ivory Coast, the second time the West African country and two-time winners of the AFCON (1992, 2015) will the hosting the competition.
They first hosted it in 1984 and despite the home advantage could not win the ultimate. They failed to make it past the group stages
In a related development, The start date of the AFCON 2021 has been rescheduled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The AFCON 2021 initially scheduled for January/February 2021 has been moved to January/February 2022.
The tournament which will be hosted by Cameroon will now take place from January to February 2022.
The development came after CAF’s Executive Committee held an online conference on last month to decide the future of the competition.
Football activities on the continent and around the world have been halted for the past three months by the coronavirus pandemic, affecting the qualification matches for the tournament which were to be held in March and June with four rounds of qualifiers to play.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 33rd edition of the international men’s football championship of Africa.
A total of 24 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament, including Cameroon who qualified automatically as hosts.