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OFFICIAL: CAF expands Africa Cup of Nations to 24 teams

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Posted on July 20, 2017

CAF expands Africa Cup of Nations 2019

The are set to be expanded to 24 teams after approved expansion from 16 teams on Thursday.

The 2019 edition, which will be hosted in , will be the first to feature more than 16 teams since 1996 and after CAF’s decision, might lose out in hosting the tournament as their preparations are behind schedule.

One of many recommendations was to have three or four guest teams from other continents just like the CONCACAF Gold Cup and their is a possibility to host the 2023 edition of the tournament by countries outside Africa like China, USA or Qatar, but CAF have officially confirmed that the tournament will only be played with African nations on African soil.

The African Cup of Nations could be moved to summer as well, as the current timing of the tournament angered the European clubs, who have African players that leave in mid season to represent their countries in the tournament, but there is no official confirmation yet.

This is the first of many major changes expected to take place in the continent’s football, according to CAF’s newly elected president Ahmad Ahmad.

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