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CAF fixes dates for next AFCON, WAFCON, seeks hosts for Awards, other events



THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ended speculations by announcing the dates of the the next editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will both be held in Morocco.

Although there have been rumours that the next AFCON would be held fully in 2026, CAF confirmed last night that the flagship competition would kick off on December 21, 2025 and end on January 18, 2026.

This will be the first time in the competition’s over 60 years of existence that it will be held across two different years as CAF tries to avoid fixture complications, with the World Cup set for later in 2026.

The 2024 WAFCON will begin on July 5, 2025 and end on July 26, three years after the last edition of the biennial tournament.

The President of CAF Dr Patrice Motsepe said: “I am confident that the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 will be extremely successful and will be the best AFCON in the history of this competition.

“I am also impressed by the enormous growth of women’s gootball in Africa and I am expecting the CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON Morocco 2024 to be immensely successful. The announcement of the dates of the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 took much longer than expected, as there were complex and at times challenging discussions with various interested parties, in the light of the extensive international and domestic match calendars.

“CAF is committed to protecting and advancing the interests of African players, playing in football clubs in Europe and worldwide. CAF is also committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with the ECA, UEFA, other Football Confederations and FIFA.

“We will continue to make significant progress in developing and ensuring that African Football is globally competitive and amongst the best in the World.

“CAF is grateful to King Mohamed VI of Morocco, the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (“FRMF”), its President Fouzi Lekjaa, the Government and people of Morocco for hosting the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 and the CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON Morocco 2024.”

The Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football President Mr Fouzi Lekjaa said: “We hope that the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 will be the best event to honour Africa and Morocco will make available the best conditions to host the rest of Africa and the World.”

The CAF executive committee also resolved to host the 46th CAF Ordinary General Assembly in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on October 10, 2024.

The continental ruling body is also looking for countries to bid for the hosting rights of the CAF Women’s Champions League 2024, the U-17 AFCON, the U-20 AFCON and the CAF Awards 2024.

CAF added that it has received attractive proposals from the Middle East for hosting the Super Cup 2024 which will feature Egyptian giants Al Ahly, winners of the CAF Champions League, and Zamalek SC, winners of the CAF Confederation Cup.


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