Adventures around the organization of the African Cup

Africa Cup postponed due to possible disasters

The 2023 Africa Cup was originally scheduled to take place last summer in Cote d’Ivoire. However, a year before the tournament, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) changes the dates due to weather conditions.

In June 2022, after heavy rains, Côte d’Ivoire suffered the deadliest flood in the country’s history. More than ten people were killed, more than a hundred were injured in Abidjan, and across the country, water damaged 1,913 households, affecting more than 11,000 people.

“The uncertainty of climatic conditions in Côte d’Ivoire at this time of year, as evidenced by recent floods, has prompted the postponement of the tournament to January 2024,” a CAF statement read.

Although the African Cup has previously often been held in the winter, CAF decided to move to the summer in 2017 to avoid disrupting the schedules of European clubs. In 2019, the tournament took place from June to July in Egypt.

The 2021 African Cup (Cameroon) was originally planned for the summer, but due to possible heat, it was postponed to January-February 2021, and then to early 2022 due to the pandemic.

Thus, of the three tournaments, only one was held in the summer, and even then Egypt had difficulties due to the heat: the players’ union demanded that the number of water breaks be increased to four, and Nigerian forward Samuel Kalou suffered heatstroke in training.

Fortunately, there are no disruptions to both tournaments. This means that you can leave your predictions on the mostbet az website, and the luckiest of you will be able to earn big money from your knowledge.

Adventures around the organization of the African Cup have been varied before

For example:

In 2010, before the start of the tournament, the Togo team bus came under fire while crossing the Congo-Angolan border, killing three people. The team withdrew from the tournament.

In 2013, the day before the start, the players of the DR Congo national team went on strike due to problems with the payment of bonuses. But a day later they still played. True, in the end they still didn’t leave the group.

The 2015 tournament was supposed to be held in Morocco, but two months before the start it was moved to Equatorial Guinea. The Moroccans asked to move the deadline due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but were refused, the team was disqualified, and the tournament was taken away.

Seven Cameroonian football players refused to go to the 2017 African Cup, including Joel Matip, Andre Onan and Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguissa (Matip explained that there was a terrible atmosphere in and around the national team). Then Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting joined them. FIFA was considering whether to disqualify them for this, but Cameroon did it anyway – they won and came to the Confederations Cup in Russia.

The 2019 African Cup was supposed to be held in Cameroon, but about six months before the start this right was taken away due to significant delays in the construction of facilities for the tournament. Egypt hosted the tournament.

The subsequent African Cup was held in Cameroon. We have already talked about how it was postponed, but could have been cancelled due to organizational difficulties in the country and the spread of the omicron strain of coronavirus. And yet it took place at the beginning of 2022.

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