Acting Secretary of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Abdel Bah has confirmed that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be played in June/July rather than the tournament’s normal schedule in winter.
CAF has recently decided to postpone the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for a year to take place in January of 2022 after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
AFCON 2021 was initially set to take place next January, however, CAF announced on Tuesday that there will be a change of plans.
The African Federation’s Secretary disclosed further details that have been decided for the date of the following edition of the tournament.
“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 Nations Cup in Cameroon, after the request of the authorities, was postponed to January/February. As of today, we haven’t received the same request from Ivorian authorities.”
It is suggested that the main reason behind shifting AFCON 2023’s date forward is due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will be held between November and December in Qatar.