Africa Cup of Nations 2021 may move back to January/February over climate condition-CAF
London, Dec. 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has hinted that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations could be reverted to the old calendar due to unfavourable June and July climatic conditions in Cameroon who are set to host the tournament.
In an interview with Inside World Football. published on Monday, Ahmad, Malagasy boss said he prefers the January/February format because it appears to be more practical due to climatic conditions and the introduction of the revamped FIFA Club World Cup that is supposed to kick off in summer 2021.
This year, Egypt hosted the Afcon finals in June and July as the tournament was moved from the traditional January and February period.
With rains expected in the middle of the year in Cameroon’s tropical climatic conditions, Ahmad feels it is not conducive to have the Afcon staged then.
“When we took the decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations to June, which we did for the last tournament in Egypt, we have always said that we need to have some flexibility over the dates,” Inside world football quoted Ahmad as saying during a breakfast conversation, hours before the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
“This is because of the different climatic conditions in the continent. I don’t know why the media has forgotten that this was discussed in detail at the 2017 CAF symposium that we had in Morocco.
“In my view, it is not possible, because of the climatic conditions in Cameroon, to stage the Africa Cup of Nations in June/July. This is clear, so we must take a decision on the date,” Ahmad added.
The CAF chief also revealed that a decision would be taken during the next meeting of the executive committee.
The Africa Cup of Nations was traditionally held in January/February but was switched to summer by a decision from the executive committee on 20 July 2017. Egypt hosted the first expanded version of the competition in its new June/July format.