CAF to consider Afcon timing change

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CAF president Issa Hayatou, speaking at the final day of the 30th General Assembly of the sport body in Accra, stated that he will consider the suggestion, but would not change the timing of the event to the middle of the year.

“That would be the end of African football,” said Hayatou, adding that weather conditions across large parts of Africa in the middle of the year would not be right for a major tournament.

He described it as akin to organising the European Championships in January.

CAF has already set up its next three finals in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and late last year signed an eight-year extension to its marketing contract with French company Sport Five.

The 2012 finals will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, and 2014 will be played in Libya.

Blatter said a solution to the issue must be found as he remains keen for the tournament to conform to the international calendar and with most of the other continental championships, which are held every four years and during the off-season of the major club competitions.