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AFCON 2025 Postponed to 2026 to Avoid Clash with Club World Cup

The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2025, originally slated to take place in Morocco in June, has been officially postponed by six months to the beginning of 2026. This decision was made to prevent a scheduling conflict with the FIFA Club World Cup, scheduled for June 15 to July 13 in the United States.

Veron Mosengo-Omba, the general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), explained the rationale behind the postponement, citing concerns for player welfare. Mosengo-Omba noted that players who have already completed a full season would face excessive strain by participating in both the Club World Cup and immediately transitioning to the AFCON.

“The scheduling is a nightmare for everybody,” Mosengo-Omba expressed to the BBC, highlighting the complexities of coordinating major international tournaments with club competitions.

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