- The dramatic changes to Africa's top competition now await rubber-stamping by CAF
- AFCON tournament is to be moved to June and July and will have 24 teams
Africa's flagship tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), is set to be hit by major changes after some recommendations were made at a symposium held in Morocco.
All heads of Africa's 55-member associations, as well as some retired footballers from the continent, have converged in Rabat, Morocco for a football symposium to discuss the way forward for football in this part of the world.
Key among the matters tabled before Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad were the time schedule of the AFCON, as well as a possible expansion of the tournament.
On Wednesday, following another sitting, there were some recommendations put out by CAF's Marketing and TV team, with a proposal to have the number of teams competing in the tournament expanded from 16 to 24.
This is meant to increase the Confederation's revenue as well as to make the competition more attractive. The team also proposed a change in the timing of the AFCON, suggesting that the tournament be played between June and July rather than in January which has been the norm in the past six decades.
Another recommendation that was made concerned the possibility of including "three or four countries from other continents" to participate in the AFCON.
There is also a proposal to have the AFCON hosted by well-resourced countries outside of the continent, with the likes of China, USA and Qatar being suggested as qualified hosts for the 2021 edition of the showpiece.
The AFCON, though, will still be played every two years as confirmed by CAF.
The CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup were also reviewed, with their current formats of 16 clubs set to be ditched to accommodate a larger number of teams - which is very likely to be 32.
All recommendations are, however, subject to approval from the CAF Executive Committee who will meet on Thursday to take a final decision.
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