Afcon 2021 dates not set with rumours it will return to January to miss CWC clash

November 21 – The dates the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2021 are yet to be firmed up, according to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), raising the possibility of the tournament switching back from its recently introduced summer schedule to its previous January/February slot.

CAF’s executive committee revealed at its meeting in Cairo that it had not yet fixed a definite period for the next Afcon even though it is less than two years away.

This could be because of a potential clash with FIFA’s expanded 24-team Club World Cup (CWC) in China, which will take place between June 17 and July 4.

Egypt staged this year’s Afcon in the summer, a change designed in part to address a long-established club-versus-country conundrum with so many top African players plying their trade in Europe.

But the timing of the revamped CWC is causing even more  consternation for African football given that the  2021 AFCON is set to begin on July 9 – just five days after the CWC final.

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