Panic for African Teams As CAF Reveals Why Football Body Considers Postponing AFCON 2023

Panic for African Teams As CAF Reveals Why Football Body Considers Postponing AFCON 2023

  • AFCON 2023 is being threatened by floods and heavy rains ravaging the host country Ivory Coast according to reports
  • It is exactly a year to the kick-off of the continental showpiece, but the weather in the West African nation is not friendly
  • Latest reports have it that CAF officials are already pondering on the possibility of postponing the tournament

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) could postpone next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ivory Coast next year.

Stunning reports have it that the continental football body might postpone the African showpiece which has been scheduled for June 23 to July 23, 2023, in Ivory Coast.

Soccernet reports that it is exactly a year before the commencement of the competition and major cities in Ivory Coast are witnessing floods due to heavy rains.

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AFCON 2023 threatened by weather as host country Ivory Coast experiences heavy rains in mid-year. Photo: Haikel Hmima
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And CAF is beginning to admit that it may not be feasible to stage such a huge tournament in the middle of the year.

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In an interview with Le Monde, CAF secretary-general Veron Mosengo-Omba said:

“We are considering it; it is one of the possibilities. We asked Ivorian meteorologists to report to us on rainfall history in Côte d’Ivoire in June and July, but also to share their projections with us.”

It will, however, be tricky to reschedule the championship as the 2022 FIFA World Cup is billed for November 21 to December 18 in Qatar, although it is impossible to push back the AFCON to January-February 2023.

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Sports Brief earlier reported that Hugo Broos has called on South Africans to support Bafana Bafana as the side looks to return to the glory days.

The Bafana coach made the plea while also apologising to the nation for his recent comments.

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Source: Sports Brief News