BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
African football lead event, the Africa Cup of Nations may change the calendar earlier approved in 2017 as indications emerged that the June-July timeline may not be feasible when Cameroon hosts the event in 2021.
According to a part of the communiqué issued at the end of CAF Executive Committee held in Cairo on Thursday, a new date might be issued for the event. The continental body hinged the possible change on metrological issues.
Consequently, the dates for the event will be decided jointly by CAF and Cameroon. June and July are expected to be the peak of rainy season in tropical Africa, which Cameroon and most parts of Central Africa as well as West Africa belong.
According to the communiqué, the CAF administration will decide the dates, times and venues of matches after analysis of the opinions of the teams concerned.
Before Egypt 2019, Africa Cup of Nations was held in some of the previous editions in January/February. But the period also clashes with the peak of top leagues in Europe, which supply the bulk of players for the African continental tournament.
The tournament was first held January during the 1992 tournament in Senegal. It moved to the traditional March calendar in 1994 in Tunisia. It returned to the January February calendar at the 1994 tournament in 1996.