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CAF dismisses 2025 AFCON postponement claims

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The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has denied reports that the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Morocco has been postponed.

This is in the wake of viral reports claiming the body had pushed the tournament forward by six months to the start of 2026 due to a clashing timeline with the expanded 32-team FIFA Club World Cup, which will be held in the U.S. from 15 June to 13 July 2025.

“Reports on AFCON 2025 are untrue. The CAF Executive Committee will meet, deliberate and make a decision on the AFCON 2025 dates. CAF will thereafter issue an official statement on the matter”, CAF said via its X handle on Wednesday.

CAF didn’t state when the executive committee will meet just as the 2025 tournament is yet to have a date.

In previous reports, CAF was repeatedly asked about the obvious clash but failed to offer a solution until General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba told the BBC the Nations Cup finals would be held in early 2026.

“We can play after the Club World Cup, but is this good for the interests of the players who have played all the season and then they travel to America to play (and then) immediately come to play AFCON?” Mosengo-Omba said.

“Scheduling is a nightmare for everybody”, he told the BBC.

CAF has also been under fire for its inability to fix dates for this year’s women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, also in Morocco.

There is also uncertainty around the second edition of the African Football League, the continent’s new super league launched last year.

Eight selected clubs played for record prize money in a knockout competition crammed into two months.

CAF President Patrice Motsepe promised the next edition would be made up of 24 teams but CAF on Tuesday announced that next season’s African Champions League and Confederation Cup group stages would be played from October to December – the dates taken up by the African Football League last year.

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