CAF president Ahmad to address awkward timing of African Nations Cup

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The timing of the African Nations Cup finals, which take place in January biannually, has been the subject of much angst for clubs, with footballers plying their trades in South Africa and abroad being forced to abandon their clubs at a crucial stage of the season.

"I will be discussing with as many stake holders as there around African football to come up with the best solution for the problems," Ahmad, who uses only one name, told a media conference in Johannesburg.

Ahmad, who succeeded long-term incumbent Issa Hayatou in the CAF hotseat following last month's elections, also raised his concerns over the 12-year television deal that CAF signed last year with French-based Lagardere Sports.

"This contract is the subject of a judicial challenge in the Egyptian courts at the moment and it was to protect the integrity of Caf in this issue that the general secretary Hicham (El Amrani) submitted his resignation, which we accepted," he said.

"We will investigate but I am concerned about the length of the contract. I would never sign anything for longer than three years."