The Confederation of African Football has confirmed that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed to a later date.
African football's governing body has revealed that the 34th edition of the prestigious tournament will now be moved to the following year.
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The tournament was originally scheduled to played from 23 June to 23 July 2023, but will now kick off January 2024 due to concerns about the heavy floods expected in the West African country at that time of year.
CAF president Patrice Motsepe confirmed that the decision was made on Sunday by the CAF Executive Committee after a discussion took place in Morocco.
"The 2023 Afcon will now be played between January and February 2024," the 60-year-old told reporters, per Goal.
"This is one of the issues we discussed during our congress meeting here in Morocco and the official dates will be communicated later.
"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 [Sunday].
"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 added that he is confident in Ivory Coast's ability to host the tournament and the infrastructure that is available.
"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," he added, per Goal.
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