The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has moved to the summer months of June and July, meaning European clubs will get to keep their African players during the middle of the season.
The tournament is usually held in January and February which leads to massive headaches for managers in world football as they are forced to release their players mid-season.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 20, 2017
The next edition of Africa’s premium sporting competition will take place in Cameroon in 2019. The tournament will continue to run on a bi-yearly schedule but will now feature 24 teams instead of 16 as the tournament looks to expand to more African nations.
The likes of Eric Bailly at Manchester United, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at Liverpool, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund to name a few are the players who will be able to remain at their clubs from now on instead of having to leave for the tournament midway during the season.
Premier League clubs will no longer lose players to the Africa Cup of Nations mid-season. It’s being moved to June & July. pic.twitter.com/H8icoBE7ST
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 20, 2017
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee made the changes during their meeting in Rabat, Morocco. This move will likely attract more interest from European clubs for African players in the future.
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