Africa Cup of Nations expanded and moved to June and July

The next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be
held in June and July 2019 and feature eight extra
teams, the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
has announced.
CAF said on Thursday after a meeting of its
executive committee that the tournament will
expand for the first time since 1996 and be
switched from its usual slot in January and
February.
The move will result in AFCON no longer
clashing with the middle of the European season,
meaning clubs will not have to cope without
African players who are called up for the
tournament.
AFCON will also be held exclusively in Africa and
feature only nations from the continent following
suggestions CAF could host the tournament
elsewhere and invite non-African teams to
compete.


Cameroon, the holders of the AFCON title after
beating Egypt in February's final, will host the next
finals in 2019, with 24 nations to be included in the
competition for the first time.
An inspection will be conducted in early September
to ensure Cameroon are on track to hold the
tournament. Cameroon's sports
minister Pierre Ismael Bidoung has this week
denied reports the country is falling behind with
preparations as hosts.

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