Continental Football governing body, CAF, have postponed the Africa Cup of Nations originally scheduled for June 2023 to January 2024, six months later than scheduled.
President, Patrice Motsepe made the disclosure on Sunday at a CAF meeting in Morocco – a decision that may spark controversy due to players’ club committment at the time it kicks off on the new date.
The finals were billed for Ivory Coast, which remains as host, but concerns over the weather in West Africa led to the change.
“We took a lot of advice and we decided we cannot take a risk,” Motsepe told a news conference.
“We don’t want to run the risk of that our top competition is going to be washed out.
“January is not the best time because the European clubs do not want to release their players but we have no choice.”
Motsepe further qualifying matches scheduled for September would now be postponed and it will create room of Africa’s representative at this year’s World Cup to organize tougher friendlies for better preparations.
Champions League: ‘They’ve No Excuse,’ Patrice Evra Names Club To Win Trophy
Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra, has backed Manchester City to win the Champions League this season.
Evra believes Man City have no excuse not to win the Champions League this season after adding striker Erling Haaland to Pep Guardiola’s squad this summer.
Haaland has scored 14 goals in 10 matches this season, three of them in the Champions League.
The Norway international joined the Premier League champions from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer.
“He (Haaland) is a monster,” Evra told Betfair.
“He is using his physique, he’s a killer in front of goal, he does the right movements, he’s sharp for someone tall and strong. He’s like a cat.
“He got them back on track and that’s why he’s a number nine, and this is a real number nine. City were winning the league without a striker, but in the Champions League they struggled, now I feel like they have no excuse.
“When they lost that final against Chelsea, Guardiola decided to play without any striker, now this won’t happen again.”
Fury Casts Doubts Over Joshua Bout
Tyson Fury has spoken aggressively against former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and current champion Oleksandr Usyk in a fresh social media video on Friday insulting both boxers.
The WBC heavyweight world champion has fired back at the Ukrainian who this week accused him of being afraid of an undisputed title fight between them.
Usyk said concerning Fury, “Despite his toughness and how he is generally described, he is afraid. Yes, of me.”
The Gypsy King has also now claimed that he does not believe Joshua will sign the contract to fight him next on December 3 casting doubts over the possibility of the ‘Battle of Britain’.
Joshua agreed to all of Fury’s terms for the bout, and the sides are now going back-and-forth at contract stages with time running out to finalise a deal.
Fury ranted: “Usyk – you little s***house, you little s***bag.
“Talking s***e, I’m afraid of you? I’ll put my fist right through the side of you, you little sausage.
“And the other s***house, that big bodybuilder Joshua, that’s a proper s***house that it.
“Had the contract for I don’t know how long and ain’t signing it.
“You little sausage, you do not wanna fight, your manager’s a sausage.
“I’ve never seen anything like yous, both a pack of s***houses.
“However, I will be fighting December 3 if this sausage does not sign the contract, which I don’t think he is because I don’t think he’s got the b****cks to, because he’s a s***bag.
“Both of yous, a pair of little sausage s***houses.
“Joshua is a s***house, Usyk a s***house. Yous are all s***houses.”
EPL: You’re a Real Coach, Chelsea Star Hails Graham Potter
Chelsea defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, has hailed manager Graham Potter as a real coach.
Potter was recently appointed as Chelsea’s new manager.
The Englishman replaced Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly.
“The new coach came with some good ideas. He’s a real coach. He did some good things with Brighton. Now he is a Chelsea manager,” Koulibaly told Le Quotidien.
“He has guidelines, expectations. It’s up to me to be patient, it’s up to me to show that I deserve to play, to show in training that the coach can trust me.
“Compared to this, there will be no problem. We are also in the first weeks, it is normal for the coach to rely on players who are used to the emblem of Chelsea and who have been there for a very long time.
“When I will be at 100%, there will be no problem, I will play again.”
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