CAF to move AFCON date back to January?

Author: Daily Mail
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) is considering moving the date of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) back to January.

The tournament was moved to the summer months following a decision by their executive committee in 2017 with the 2019 competition taking place in Egypt from June into July.

However, after just one tournament there is talk of it being switched back to its original January-February format for Cameroun 2021.

Reports on Wednesday suggested that the topic would be discussed on Wednesday when the executive committee meet in Yaounde, Cameroun, and president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has hinted that the move would be preferable.

According to Ahram Online, this is due to the temperature and weather being more favourable in the earlier part of the year, while it would also appease FIFA by no longer clashing with the revamped Club World Cup which is due to kick-off in 2021.

That would leave a host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool without some of their star players for up to six matches.