CAF likely to debate expansion of AFCON to 24 teams

Africa’s Football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) is likely discuss the possibility of expanding the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from 16 to 24 teams at a symposium scheduled for Tuesday in Rabat, Morocco.

CAF officials and invited guests were joined by FIFA President Gianni Infantino who was received at the Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca on Monday afternoon by CAF President Ahmad and his two deputies, Kwesi Nyantakyi and Omari Constant Selemani.

Apart from expansion, CAF is tipped to also consider switching the finals from January to the summer.

According to NFF.com, a switch from the winter season to summer could mean more money for CAF, African FAs and a sharp increase in the number of fans from all over the world.

More countries would also translate to more involvement of African teams, therefore more fans in the Cup finals and involvement of more stakeholders of the African game.

CAF President Ahmad and the President of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football, Fouzi Lekjaa are expected to be the chief hosts of the symposium taking place at the International Conference Centre, Mohammed VI, Skhirat.

If the plan to expand AFCON matures, CAF will have taken the same route FIFA followed earlier this year by expanding the World Cup to host 48 teams, up from 32, the number of tournament matches rising to 80, from 64.