2019 Africa Cup of Nations dates changed
Africa’s football governing body, The Confederation of African Football Association ( CAF) confirmed on Monday that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been delayed to allow players to rest after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The tournament which had been scheduled to take place between June 15th and July 13th will instead kick off on June 21 with the final set for July 19.
The decision was taken following requests from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria who want their players to have time to rest after Ramadan.
The Confederation of African Football has also confirmed the draw for the final will be on 12 April.
Ramadan is when Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and is due to start at the beginning of May until the beginning of June.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will for the first time this year take place in the summer and will feature 24 teams rather than sixteen.
Egypt were chose to host the tournament to replace Cameroon, who were stripped of the hosting rights due to slow preparations and security concerns.