The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) will again be played in the middle of the season as announced by CAF President on Sunday.
The tournament was originally slated to start next summer in Ivory Coast, the host nation but was postponed due to weather concerns.
The weather concerns being eyed by the CAF Executive Committee in that period of time consists of heavy flooding in the country at that time of year.
Therefore the competition is postponed from June and July 2023 to January and February 2024 something that not many of the club coaches are in support of because domestic seasons are still going on during that period.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe came out to the press in Morocco and said;
“We cannot take the risk. January is not the ideal time because of the European clubs, but it is the only choice we have.”
This is a move that risks jobs of managers across the globe especially Europe, with many complaining about the clash with league schedules, where most of the clubs play without most of their best players.
The perfect example can be Liverpool losing three players to the tournament earlier this year Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane with the last pair’s respective Egypt and Senegal sides reaching the final.
This eventually led to Anfeild boss Jurgen Klopp calling the tournament a “little tournament” later on clarifying the comment.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta also had to deal with the losing Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny to the same competition with the number looking to increase by then when some players switch nationality.