pressure by agreeing to stage the Africa Cup of Nations in years with odd
numbers, City Press can reveal.
who have voiced their dissatisfaction at the timing of the event, especially in
the year of the World Cup – arguing that it was too taxing to play two major
tournaments in the same year.
has decided the 2012 Afcon edition, which would be co-hosted by Gabon and
Equatorial Guinea, would be the last to be held in an even number.
automatically qualify for the 2013 tournament as there won’t be enough time for
another round of qualifiers.
qualifiers, which CAF normally fuses with the Nations Cup qualifiers.
persistent calls for CAF to reschedule the tournament, revealed that the Afcon
programming had changed.
get very tired playing in two major tournaments in the same year,” he said after
receiving the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo – one of the country’s highest
honours – during the ceremony held at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on
President Jacob Zuma bestowed the award on Hayatou for his
excellent contribution to the development of African soccer.
ply their trade in Europe to change the timing of the tournament as it clashed
with the World Cup years.
years, like the World Cup and the Euro Championships and also during the off
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