Valcke: AFCON 2023 to be held in June
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has confirmed that The Africa Cup of Nations 2023 in Guinea will be moved from January to June.
The change comes after FIFA’s task-force recommended the World Cup in Qatar 2022 should be held in winter to avoid Qatar’s hot summer temperatures.
Valcke also confirmed the 2022 World Cup will be four days shorter as a “concession” to leagues and clubs – 28 days instead of the usual 31 or 32 – and that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move to June from January.
Speaking on Wednesday in Doha, Jerome Valcke admitted about the change; “It’s not perfect, we know that” but “They will have to postpone the African Cup of Nations to June to avoid that there is a release of the African players for the World Cup and two weeks after for the African Cup.”
The Confederation of African Football are yet to make official comments on the issue but CAF director of communications Junior Binyam has said: “100 percent the proposals of the task force and will adjust its calendar accordingly when a final decision will be made on the schedule of 2022.”
The football world governing body FIFA, will next month confirm the dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Under FIFA regulations, clubs with active leagues during the scheduled dates for AFCON 2013 will have to release players called up to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.