Patrice Motsepe, the president of the Confederation of African Football CAF has announced the postponement of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON finals in the Ivory Coast to 2024.
Dr. Patrice announced said the postponement was rescheduled from June 23 to July 23, 2023, due to the weather conditions in the West African country.
“The 2023 Afcon will now be played between January and February 2024, this is one of the issues we discussed during our congress meeting here in Morocco and the official dates will be communicated later. Mostepe told the media during a press conference in Morocco.
“It is after deliberations we came into the decision, we have partners and even though we make decisions, it is out of respect that we take the advice we are getting that we cannot take a risk to host the tournament and so that is why we have made the necessary announcement today.
“It is not good for African football to play a tournament that can be washed out, it is not good for Africa and the continent at large and so we have to postpone it.”
Motsepe, however, Applauded Ivory Coast for the preparations they have already put in place to stage the tournament.
“I am happy and impressed with the infrastructure put in place by Ivory Coast in readiness for the tournament and I am sure they will host a very good tournament,” Motsepe continued.
After the final vote at the Caf Executive Committee meeting on September 20, 2014, the African body announced the hosts for the 2019, 2021, and 2023 Afcon tournaments, initially awarding 2019 to Cameroon, 2021 to the Ivory Coast, and 2023 to Guinea.