The controversial timing of the African Nations Cup, faces a serious review as African football stakeholders gather for a two-day symposium in Morocco to discuss the future of the game on the continent.
Starting on tomorrow in Rabat, stakeholders from across the sport, including an array of former stars like Abedi Pele, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Samuel Eto’o, have been invited to deliberate over the future of the tournament and others aspects of the African game.
New Confederation of African Football president Ahmad promised a blanket review when he successfully challenged long-standing leader Issa Hayatou for the top job in African football in March.
Ahmad also wants to review rules on hosting the finals, which are proving increasingly prohibitive and reducing the number of potential candidates.
Hosting the tournament every two years in January means the leading players, drawn increasingly from clubs in major European leagues, face a difficult tug of war for their services, caught between duty for their national team and the clubs that employ them.
Each African country has been invited to send its football association president, general secretary and national coach.