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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (also referred to as AFCON 2023 or CAN 2023) is scheduled to be the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Ivory Coast.[1] The Confederation of African Football changed the dates of the tournament to June and July rather than the usual January, which will come into play as of the 2019 Tournament.[2][3] It will allow the tournament to not conflict with other major tournaments as well as allowing big name players to play for their nations in the tournament without missing games for their European club side.[4][5]

2023 Africa Cup of Nations
Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 2023
Tournament details
Host country Ivory Coast
DatesJune – July 2023
Teams24 (expected) (from 1 confederation)
2021
2025

Contents

Host selectionEdit

Bids:

Rejected Bids:

After the final vote at the CAF Executive Committee meeting, on 20 September 2014, the CAF announced the hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 AFCON tournaments: 2019 to Cameroon, 2021 to Ivory Coast, and 2023 to Guinea.[6]

The announcement of the 2023 hosts was unscheduled. Guinea was one of the bidders for the 2019 and 2021 tournaments, whose host countries were scheduled to be announced on that day. A CAF spokesperson told the BBC that, on the basis of Guinea's presentation "and commitment", the committee "decided to exercise its power to make an immediate decision."[6]

Host changeEdit

On 30 November 2018, CAF stripped Cameroon from hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[7] However, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad told Cameroon accepted to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Consequently, Ivory Coast, original hosts of 2021, would host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, and Guinea, original hosts of 2023, would host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.[8]

On 30 January 2019, CAF President confirmed the timetable shift, after a meeting with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.[9]

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
  Ivory Coast Hosts 8 January 2019 23rd (may qualify in 2021) 2019 Winners (1992, 2015)

VenuesEdit

With the Africa Cup of Nations expanded to 24 teams, six venues are expected to be used. The CAF has established the following requirements for stadiums:[10]

Number Of Stadiums Capacity
(Minimum)
2 Stadiums 40,000
2 Stadiums 20,000
2 Stadiums 15,000
Abidjan Bouaké
Stade National de la Côte d’Ivoire Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stade Bouaké
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 40,000
     
Locations of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations venues
Korhogo San Pédro Yamoussoukro
Stade de Korhogo Stade de San Pédro Stade de Yamoussoukro
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000
     

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Caf president Ahmad confirms Guinea will host 2025 Nations Cup". BBC Sport. 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations to switch from January staging to June in 2019". theguardian.com. 21 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Date switch makes African players more attractive, say agents". BBC.com. 21 July 2017.
  4. ^ "African Cup of Nations finally moved away from mid-season and expanded from 16 to 24 teams". Independent.co.uk. 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "FIFA Council makes key decisions for the future of football development". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Nations Cup: 2019, 2021 and shock 2023 hosts unveiled by Caf". BBC Sport. 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations". BBC. 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ "CAN 2019 : le pays hôte sera connu le 9 janvier" (in French). Le Monde. 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "COTE D'IVOIRE AGREES CAF TIMETABLE SHIFT". CAF. 30 January 2019.
  10. ^ "CAN 2019 : ce que prévoit le nouveau cahier de charges" (in French). Camfoot. 13 August 2017.

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