Cameroonian authorities and the African Football Confederation have agreed to a change of dates, officially due to the rainy season.
Goodbye summer? The African Cup of Nations (CAN) football in Cameroon in 2021 will be played in winter, a return to the situation that prevailed before the last edition of the competition in Egypt in 2019. The CAN “will be played in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6”, first announced Wednesday, January 15, the Cameroonian football federation (Fecafoot) on his Facebook page, specifying : “Date modified for meteorological reasons at the request of Cameroon”.
The information was confirmed shortly after by the CAF (African Football Confederation), after a meeting in Yaoundé. Historically, the normal period of competition was in January and February, with weather conditions more favorable than summer, too hot. The president of CAF, the Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad, had changed the deal to everyone's surprise, barely elected in 2017 to succeed Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.
This return to a CAN in winter also occurs when the International Football Federation (Fifa) has expressed its desire to make room in summer for the future Club World Cup. The first edition of this competition, which will now take place every four years and no longer every year, is to be played in June 2021 in China, with 24 teams on the program, according to a reform wanted by the president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino.