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CAF Approves 24 Teams for AFCON

CAF Executive Committee, rose from its meeting in Rabat, Morocco, increasing the Africa Cup of Nations to 24 teams as of the 2019 edition.
This followed the review of the resolutions of the various working groups of the 1st CAF African Football Symposium held recently at the Palais des Congrès in Skhirat, near Rabat.
Below are the resolutions considered and approved:
AFCON – Competition and specifications:
Increasing the Africa Cup of Nations to 24 teams as of the 2019 edition, and the tournament will now be held in the months of June and July. The competition will however remain a biennial event (every two years), odd years and exclusively held on African soil with African national teams.
Inter-club competitions:
It was agreed by the Committee to maintain the current format, but to proceed in the future to a change in timing for interclub competitions which are expected to start from August to May.
Football development (Coaching, Refereeing, Medical):
The principle of increasing the indemnities of referees was approved.
The Committee expressed its determination to explore all scientific and medical solutions that could eradicate the phenomenon of age cheating, likewise a research that can help to determine the causes of sudden death among footballers, of which majority of the victims are of African origin.

Youth Football:
The Committee decided to organize zonal qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations for the youth categories (U-17, U-20, U-23), with the flexibility offered to each zone to propose a formula. The committee also resolved to strengthen medical checks in determining the eligibility of players.
International Partnerships:
The Committee recognizes the urgent need for improved relations between CAF, its member associations, Governments and the African Union.
Communication and Media:
The Executive Committee was clearly in support of suggestions made for the improvement of CAF’s communication tools on the digital platforms and social media, in particular the creation of a website in line with the standards of CAF. The Committee committed itself, with a view to strengthening the specifications of the competitions, taking into account the expectations of the media.
Football players, Roles and Perspectives:
The Committee endorsed the principle of creating a framework for cooperation with legendary African footballers and their greater involvement in CAF activities.

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