AFCON To Be Increased To 24 Teams And Played in June And July
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has confirmed that the 2019 AFCON will be held in June and July instead of the previous January and February.
It has also been confirmed that the number of teams will be increased from 16 to 24. The changes came into effect after a CAF executive committee meeting that was held in Rabat, Morocco.
It should be noted that the African Cup of Nations that took place in January and February caused disputes with European clubs who needed to release players in the middle of the season.
The changes, especially the expansion might create problems for the hosting country, Cameroon, whose preparation for the event is believed to be behind schedule although its sports minister, Bidoung Mpaktt has denied such reports.
Meanwhile, the competition will continue with its traditional two year schedule and made up only of African countries. This is because CAF had been considering allowing other countries from different continents to take part or even host the event.