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Africa Cup of Nations switching to summer

Discussion in 'General Football' started by Jordinho, 20 Jul 2017.

  1. Jordinho

    Jordinho Tony Marchi Staff Member

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    monkeybarry Paul Stalteri

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    Sensible move and will change transfer strategy for many clubs.
     
  3. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Guess it's not too big an upheaval for African football, seeing as half the continent is in each hemisphere.

    Good to have something to watch in odd years (cf WCs and Euros in even years)
     
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    Rorschach Terry Dyson

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    That is an excellent selling point. I hardly ever watched the AFCON as usually there is other club football on which holds my interest. In the middle of the summer, when I am getting a little antsy with the lack of football on TV this would sate my footballing thirst .

    Seriously though it is a great idea which might generate more worldwide interest in the tournament. At the moment I don't think it is generating the interest it potentially could outside of Africa as it is competing with league fixtures.

    What do our African posters think of this change?
     
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    awesome dawson Roman Pavlyuchenko

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    It will be very nice to see Victor being his beast like self, on the television.
     
  6. scaramanga

    scaramanga George Hunt Staff Member

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    Can't believe it's taken this long. Can only be a good thing for African football.
     
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    Kandi1977 Tom Huddlestone

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    Kenya very rarely qualifies for the ACON
     
  8. galeforce

    galeforce Ralph Coates

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    about time
     
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    Whiffler Jonathan Woodgate

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    I suspect the winter World Cup bought issues to a head. Weather apart, probably a good thing.
     
  10. Jurgen the German

    Jurgen the German Colin Calderwood

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    About time. Can they also have it every 3/4 years like every other federation has their tournaments?
     
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  11. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    It doesn't make a difference. It just means it will be hotter when they are hosted in northern Africa (where June-Jul is summer), but cooler when they are in southern Africa (where June-Jul is winter)
     
  12. awesome dawson

    awesome dawson Roman Pavlyuchenko

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    Expanding it from 16 to 24 means it's more likely he'll feature. Africa contains 54 counties in total.
     
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    inkpenspur Naybet

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    It may be the sort of competition that terrestrial TV in the UK could afford to televise too... good move in my opinion
     
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    Mr_B Steve Hodge

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    hmmm, i might watch 5 minutes of this when I'm flicking between Golf and Cycling in a dull summer.
     
  15. Jordinho

    Jordinho Tony Marchi Staff Member

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    Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 edition today due to lack of preparation. South Africa and Morocco the favorites to take over.
     
  16. jts1882

    jts1882 Justin Edinburgh

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    They were preparing for a 16 team tournament in Jan/Feb. Last year they were informed they were hosting a 24 team tournament in the summer.
     
  17. Notmegov

    Notmegov Andy Sinton

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    Or a bit wetter or dryer if on the equator.
     
  18. SteveAWOL

    SteveAWOL Steffen Iversen

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    If only they’d left it in the winter this year then having to do without Mane + Salad + Keita for up to 10 games might’ve helped stop the Dipper bandwagon!

     
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    afsoc4life Sergei Rebrov

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    Delighted for this.
     
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    jts1882 Justin Edinburgh

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    So the powers that be complained for years that the Africans were being stubborn in keeping their tournament in the northern winter. They finally get the move they wanted and then create a new tournament that clashes with it.

    There is something about sports administrators. The ICC (cricket) wanted to promote the global game and just when some associate nations started causing upsets and becoming competitive they cut the number of teams in the world cup
     
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