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2023 Africa Cup of Nations postponed over weather concerns in Ivory Coast

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YAOUNDE, CAMEROON - Fans are seen during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 semi final football match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at Stade Ahmadou-Ahidjo in Yaounde, Cameroon on February 2, 2022.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ( Haykel Hmima - Anadolu Agency )
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Jul 04, 2022 - 09:07 AM

ANKARA (AA) – The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been postponed to 2024 due to adverse weather conditions in Ivory Coast, Africa’s football authority said Sunday.

In a press conference in the Moroccan capital Rabat, Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe confirmed the new dates for the tournament.

“The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations AFCON Cote d’Ivoire will now be held in January-February of 2024,” said Motsepe.

“We don’t want to run the risk of having a competition that’s going to be washed out. It’s not good for African football, for our image, and we have to work on that basis,” he added.

The AFCON was due to be played in June and July 2023, but the CAF postponed it to avoid Ivory Coast’s rainy season.

Ivory Coast is set to host an AFCON tournament for the first time since 1984.

Founded in 1957, the AFCON is Africa’s main international football competition.

Egypt won seven AFCON titles to be the record holders.

The defending champions are Senegal.

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