The latest football icon to support CAF’s idea of moving AFCON tournament to June is Ghanaian international Laryea Kingston who believes is a step in the right direction.
A working committee has assembled in Morocco in the on-going CAF Symposium to consider a change in the tournament date from January/February to June/July.
The Executive Committee of CAF is expected to reassemble again on Thursday to give their final verdict as to whether the motion will see the light of day or be shot in the air.
The Nations Cup’s timing in January and February has long been a contentious issue between CAF and clubs in Europe, where many African footballers play, with an unprecedented number of players turning down call-ups for this year’s tournament in Gabon to stay with their clubs. This included seven Cameroonians who refused to show up for the team that eventually won the title.
“Daniel Amartey came to the Nations Cup and lost his position on his return,” Laryea told Ultimate FM.
“I think is a good decision that CAF is trying to take steps in making sure African players who are playing in Europe are given fair ordeal when they come down to represent their countries, go back and have their position intact,” he added.
Aside the change of the date, one other important issue being considered is the expansion of teams from 16 to 24.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Kofi Amoah