After moving the AFCON from its traditional January/February period to June/July for the 2019 edition held in Egypt, CAF is considering another adjustment for the upcoming showpiece slated for Cameroon, due to weather constraints, according to the continent football’s governing body.
In a statement, CAF said it will decide jointly with the 2021 AFCON host nation the best time of the year to organise the tournament taking into consideration that the raining season hits its peak in June/July in Cameroon.
However, there could be another reason for CAF’s intention, according to multiple reports. Following FIFA’s decision to move the Club World Cup from December to June/July which takes effect next year, it became clear it would clash with the AFCON if maintained to hold in the middle of the year.
Cameroon was awarded the 2021 AFCON after being stripped of the 2019 exercise due to poor preparation.