AFCON 2019 pushed by a week because of Ramadan

By Clive Kyazze

The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations has again been pushed but this time around for just a week according to the AFP who talked to the tournaments Mohamed Fadl.

The 32nd edition will be hosted by Egypt will take place from June 21st – July 19th and not from June 15th – July 13th like it was initially scheduled to happen according to Fadl.

“The Confederation of African Football has officially informed us of the postponement (of the original dates),” said Fadl.

“The decision was taken following requests from the Maghreb countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria who want their players to have time to rest after the end of Ramadan.”

Ramadan is likely to fall between the start on May until the beginning of June and the teams from the Maghreb would love to have their players have enough time to recover from the fasting period ahead of the tournament.

“The decision was taken following requests from the Maghreb countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria who want their players to have time to rest after the end of Ramadan,” Fadl noted before adding.

“The Confederation of African Football has officially informed us of the postponement (of the original dates).”

The 2019 edition will be the first to fall in the summer and to also feature 24 teams from 16, Cameroon are the defending champions.

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