Waddi Jaril calls for rescheduling of 2019 AFCON fixtures

Waddi Jaril calls for rescheduling of 2019 AFCON fixtures

Tunisia Football Federation president Waddi Jaril says a request has been made to CAF to review kick-off times of some matches at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt due to an expected hot weather in the North African country at that time of the year.

A report released on Sunday by medical doctors from Tunisia noted that matches scheduled for 16h30 local time could be dangerous for the health of players who could face temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.

“The President has submitted a request for reconsideration of the schedule of meetings because of possible damage to the hearts of players and the negative impact of increased body heat on their performance,” Tunisia’s football body said in a statement.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad said his medical team are currently examining the request and would make a statement soon.

The AFCON original dates were altered due to the Muslim fasting month which ends few days ahead of the opening match on June 21.

Tunisia, who are participating for the 18th time, will open their campaign against Angola in Group E before facing Mali and Mauritania.

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