JOHANNESBURG, July 27 – SAFA president Danny Jordaan says that the impact of the recent developments within CAF in which the number of participating countries have been increased from 16 to 24 beginning in 2019 will have far reaching repercussions to the game.
At the recently ended CAF Symposium and CAF Congress which took place in Rabat, Morocco, CAF among other things resolved that the number of countries that take part in the Africa Cup of Nations will increase starting with the tournament that is scheduled to take place in Cameroon in 2019.
The tournament will also now take place in the months of June and July from the normal January/February calendar.
The competition will however remain a biennial event (every two years), odd years and exclusively held on African soil with African national teams.
“This is good for the game. African has simply synchronised its calendar with the rest of the world and this will benefit Africa a great deal. We are likely to witness more competitive tournaments with more viewership and definitely more revenue,” said Jordaan.
The inter-club competition will now commence from August to May with South Africa and Egypt receiving four slots each within the Champions League tournament.
CAF expressed its determination to explore all scientific and medical solutions that could eradicate the phenomenon of age cheating and to conduct a research that can help to determine the causes of sudden death among footballers, of which majority of the victims are of African origin.
CAF also decided to organise zonal qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations for the youth categories (Under-17, Under-20, Under-23), with the flexibility offered to each zone to propose a formula.